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Little Beauty …

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Aliens came and saw that a patch of earth was deserted, of flowers ‘n’ things. So they decided to reshape, replant and renew. Which they did, and turned the desert to green.

The fields were greened and the aliens thought this was good, and the aliens advertised their green credentials and congratulated each other with great fanfare at ceremonies arranged for the purpose.

But they forgot the bees. In the process of renewal they buried the nest sites of multiple native bees (non aliens) that had developed over decades, if not millennia. And the bees didn’t come back.

Then one day a bee was seen holding on to a dried stem of grass in a nearby field, a deserted field.

Just as well the aliens were short-sighted or they might have done the job ‘properly’.

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  1. beekinder said, on 10/10/2016 at 9:13 pm

    This is a beautiful post! It devastating what has happened to the homes of many of these native creatures. I personally have aimed to be kinder to our native bees and welcome them into my garden because of the important part of our eco-system they are and undervalued role they play!!

    • Mark said, on 10/10/2016 at 11:43 pm

      Well, they are just little beauties. :-) I do it for the pleasure it is.

      • beekinder said, on 30/10/2016 at 12:33 pm

        There are so many things we can do to help these creatures such as small thing like planting flowers (especially native flowers) or bigger things like building insect hotel for solitary bees to nest and lay their eggs and even adopting or setting up hives in your garden. I talk about this more in my blog beekinderblog.wordpress.com and facebook https://www.facebook.com/beekinderblog/.

        • Mark said, on 30/10/2016 at 5:15 pm

          If only we could just respect our nature … But what’ll it cost? :-)

          You can only do your bit, where you are. Can’t you …

  2. Kerstin said, on 11/04/2016 at 8:18 pm

    oh really a little beauty…..L.G:Kerstin

  3. afrenchgarden said, on 10/04/2016 at 6:04 am

    She is a green eyed beauty. Amelia

  4. Cate said, on 08/04/2016 at 11:25 pm

    Go, natives! May you always prevail over the aliens — and sooner, rather than later. What a beauty, Mark!

    • Mark said, on 09/04/2016 at 6:05 am

      The aliens need to evolve beyond the need to interfere with the harmony of the cosmos in the first place. At least as a realisation. Thanks Cate.

  5. Mark said, on 08/04/2016 at 9:45 pm

    Just returned from Las Vegas from my first (and last) trip ever last week. There were more bees in the surrounding desert than in the artificial, unsustainable “oasis” that was built there. The whole place was repulsive. Thanks for showing us this little beauty.

    • Mark said, on 08/04/2016 at 10:09 pm

      At least the oasis will provide water for a while. I’ll introduce some year round flowering food plants for the bees when the aliens stop ‘managing’ the field.

  6. Georges 2679 said, on 08/04/2016 at 5:06 pm

    De toute grande beauté
    Bonne journée
    Bises

  7. Rachel Creager Ireland said, on 08/04/2016 at 1:07 pm

    As always, your photography is breathtaking.
    I got a cheapie little macro lens for my phone for Christmas, and it’s fun, but I haven’t gotten anything anywhere near this spectacular!

    • Mark said, on 08/04/2016 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Rachel. Everything has limits, though modern phone cameras are catching up these days.

  8. Lilka Raphael said, on 08/04/2016 at 9:48 am

    Stunning!!! I love them all.

  9. einfachtilda said, on 08/04/2016 at 7:07 am

    Ich reblogge das mal ??!! Danke.

  10. einfachtilda said, on 08/04/2016 at 7:06 am

    Die Natur ist wunderbar :-)

  11. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 08/04/2016 at 6:35 am

    She is absolutely beautiful. Wow.
    Bad aliens. Seriously bad.
    She will survive.

    • Mark said, on 08/04/2016 at 9:58 am

      Well, everybody knows aliens over rationalise and get hooked into the part which misses the big picture. They do their best though, I think …

  12. David said, on 08/04/2016 at 5:47 am

    Great photos with wonderful colors. Unfortunately a story that can be retold thousand of times, just a different day and a different location.

    • Mark said, on 08/04/2016 at 9:59 am

      Thanks David. Yes, politics is the same all over.

  13. BearlyAware said, on 08/04/2016 at 4:40 am

    Aliens have lots of hubris.


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