Silent Sunday

Allium with bees

Allium with bees

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“Handle a book as a bee does a flower,

extract its sweetness but do not damage it.”
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John Muir

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June 7, 2015  Yorktown 099~

“One can no more approach people without love

than one can approach bees without care.

Such is the quality of bees…”
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Leo Tolstoy

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June 7, 2015  Yorktown 094

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Woodland Gnome 2015

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6 responses to “Silent Sunday

  1. Reblogged this on The Girls of Morningside and commented:
    What a wonderful way to spend a hot summer day: Watching the bees as they flit from one bloom to another, busily acquiring nectar and pollen for their nestmates . . .

  2. As a lover of both books and bees, I really appreciated the quote you included from John Muir. What is the flower in the first picture? And is the flower in the last picture a daisy fleabane, or relative?

    • Dear Ed and Marianne,

      Thank you so much for reblogging my post about bees. We share a love for these fascinating little guys, and for books! I loved the Muir quote, as well. Wish I had known it to share with my students back when I was lending out books to them 😉 These photos were taken on the bank of a pond along the Colonial Parkway. The purple flowers are a variety of Allium which grows wild all along the Parkway near Yorktown. They are called, “Yorktown Onions, and here is a video of them waving in the breeze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5iqxBztJ7k
      You find fields of hundreds of them growing randomly by the roadside, and I think they are beautiful. The last photo is still wildflowers, and I know that Achillea millefolium, or Yarrow, is the name of the larger, clustered flower. I just call the smaller ones ‘wild daisies,’ but I believe ‘fleabane’ is an accurate name for them. Thank you for visiting, and best wishes to you and your ‘girls’ – WG

  3. A lovely ‘bee’ post. Bees are such special creatures – I wish everyone appreciated how much we really need them too.

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