I took my camera out in the backyard today with the intention of remarking on what a exceptionally fine crop of dandelions we seem to be cultivating this spring. Then I spied this industrious young lady and spent several minutes following her from flower to flower trying to catch her in various poses without disturbing her work.
My daughter wondered what in the world I was doing crawling around on the ground with the camera pointed at the dandelions, but she soon got into the spirit of things and enjoyed following the honeybee around the yard as well. (I was glad there is a tall fence around our backyard... otherwise the neighbors may have been as curious as my daughter, but not as willing to get involved by asking!)
If you click on this picture, you can better see the bright yellow pollen dusted all over the honeybee's backside.
I love honeybees!
My dad is a beekeeper, and we always had at least 2 or 3 hives of bees when I was growing up. Dad had been out of the beekeeping business for quite a few years, but recently he has gotten back into it. He had just re-started his hives a couple of years ago when it was such a bad year for bees and so many bees died. He lost them all that winter. He plans to start again this spring, and I'm anxious to see how they do. Mostly because I love having a source of "free" Arkansas wild honey... (My dad is very generous with me and my siblings that way!) ...but also because I'm fascinated with honeybees and I love to hear him talk about them.
I wonder what dandelion honey tastes like?