The fol­low­ing buzzing con­ver­sa­tion is based (albeit very loosely) on true fic­tional tales. The names of the Bees have been con­cealed in order to pro­tect their buzzing identity.

Dance of the bees

Overheard on location in Claremont, Cape Town
The Stage: Australian frangipani tree (Hymenosprum Flavum)
Cast of characters
(in order of appearance): Bee 1; Bee2; Woman with camera, Bee 3 and Bee4

Bee 1: Buzzz … where is that human now with her camera? Doesn’t she know I have lots to do today, I need to pollinate the flowers and gather nectar …
Bee 2: She better get here soon, the nectar from these blossoms is calling me! And have you seen all the pollen?

Enter: Woman with camera

Bee 1: At last … let’s get on with the show!
Bee 2: Quick, I’ll buzz on over that way whilst you do a few dive bombs …
Bee 1: Ok, I’ll give her a few pirouettes, that should make her smile. (It does!)
Bee 2: Let’s hope she’s focused the camera properly and got the right lens, so we can get back to our flowers!

Bees 3 & 4 appear from the side of the tree …

Bee 3: Bzzzzz, I don’t have time for this today, too much nectar here in the Australian frangipani tree, got to get to it before the darn birds get here!
Bee 4: Me too, you guys can do all the pirouettes you want, I’m starving!
Bee 1: Well that’s very un-sporting of you guys. After all she waters and feeds the plants so we can eat … and doesn’t use any insecticides on them so we are safe! The very least we can do is put on a bit of a show for her.
Bee 2: I’m with Bee 1! Lets get this party started …

Bee 3 & 4 go about the business of pollinating and whatever it is bees do whilst Bee 1 and Bee 2 proceed to do a lovely dance for Woman with camera.
Woman with camera is well pleased with the 200+ shots she took and hopes to have at least 6 she can use.

Woman with camera: Thanks my little Bee friends for the great show! Enjoy your buzzing around the blooms!
Bee 1 & Bee 2: Buzzzz and Thankzzzz! See you again soon!

Photos shot on location

Click to enlarge to see the dance of the Bee!

The Stage: Australian frangipani treeAustralian frangipani

Bee 1 checks out the sceneBee 1 checks out the scene

Bee 2 gets ready for actionBee 2 gets ready for action

Bee 1 doing a pirouetteBee 1 doing a pirouette

Around and around …Around and around ...

and around she goesand around she goes

From the Bees and I, we wish you …
Happy Gardening
xxx