Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bees: life on the edge

It's hot and dry the whole summer long in Israel and even bees have to search for a drink.
It might take some enlarging of the photo, but here's at least four bees quenching their thirst at my neighbors' birdbath.
Be careful little critters, don't fall in and drown!
The two on the right are making tiny shadows and one is even making ripple-shadows.

Hmm, this might be a triple-meme photo opp, for Camera Critters, Shadow Shot Sunday, and Summer Stock Sunday.
P.S. Shadow Shot visitors, check out an earlier fun post with people shadows and our new tram.

UPDATE: I should have quoted the 23rd Psalm to title this post:
"He leadeth me beside the still waters."
Like maybe deer, bees prefer to drink from quiet water. My neighbors have to turn off the fountain element of the birdbath just for the bees.



Misty Dawn said...

Very cool photo! We've been pretty dry here too.

Spiderdama said...

If we had a little of your heat here, so you could get some rain from us.. we are about to drown after a colossal rains over the weekend :-(
Nice shadows of these little ones. I had to enlarge to include all the great details.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Yes, after we enlarged it, we had fun looking at your little visitors! Loved the picture of the light rail as well Dina! Enjoy your weekend

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Thank you, Dina, for having a safe place for the bees to drink, a place where they can quench their thirst but not drown!


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Shadows to chase my doldrums away;
Shadows each morning, shadows at night,
Shadows, O shadows, you’re my delight!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Carol said...

Cool photo!

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous when enlarged, Dina. Very brave bees. I've found wasps drowned in our birdbath, but never honey bees — I'd feel bad about that. Must fill the birdbath up, too. Our neighbor did a great job with the lawns, but forgot about the birdbath.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Reader Wil said...

Beautiful garden, Dina! Is yours as pretty as your neighbour's?

Dina said...

Shalom friends, thanks for all your good words and poems even.

Wil, I like to keep my yard "wild." But the couple who came to rent the little place across the street a few years ago really put heart and soul into building a lovely garden from the ground up. A labor of love.

Ms. Becky said...

thanks for the enlargement suggestion - it's fantastic! and it's nice of you to provide a drink for those thirsty little bees. happy SSS to you Dina.

crystal said...

Little bees :) It's dry all summer here too and I have a small bird bath but I haven't seen any bees taking a drink yet.

Robin said...

Great ripples. I love the sweet little garden, too.

PS Haven't caught up on your blog yet but did I see that the light rail is finally running???

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Petrea Burchard said...

It's good to see happy bees! In the States we've been experiencing something called Colony Collapse Disorder, where something like 30% of bee colonies have died and continue to die. Scientists don't seem to know what's up. So I'm glad your bees have a drinking fountain.

Fran said...

I love that!

Mimi said...

Funny how they go for water, I left out a bucket of water and following morning it had a load of dead wasps in it. And this is in Ireland, where there's no shortage of rain!
Lovely photo, so much in it.

Dina said...

I should have quoted the 23rd Psalm to title this post:
"He leadeth me beside the still waters."
Like maybe deer, bees prefer to drink from quiet water. My neighbors have to turn off the fountain element of the birdbath just for the bees.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

3000 years? The tram. Wow.

And your photo share here today is great also.

My Week's Summary & Shadow Shot

Birdman said...

Ripples? Doing the backstroke, I guess. hahahahaha

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Now that is thoughtfulness, making quiet water for the bees.

Have to keep the little guys pollinating.

VP said...

Beautiful image, I would really like some rain...

Dimple said...

Your neighbors have a fine yard, and the bees are obviously appreciative of their birdbath!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Even the tiniest creatures need a drink of water now and then. Have you ever attempted a close up macro shot of a bee drinking there on the rim of the fountain? Looking at your neighbor's garden, I have six individually potted aloe vera plants I wish I could contribute to their landscape...if only I didn't live so far away! I can see that would be a good home for them among all the other succulents there.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice details in your photo.