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Dance of the Bees

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!
[one_half]The Stage: Australian frangipani treeAustralian frangipani[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bee 1 checks out the sceneBee 1 checks out the scene[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Bee 2 gets ready for actionBee 2 gets ready for action[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bee 1 doing a pirouetteBee 1 doing a pirouette[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Around and around …Around and around ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]and around she goesand around she goes[/one_half_last]

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

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

14 replies on “Dance of the Bees”

How absolutely delightful! 🙂 The Camera Lady did really well! Captured the moment perfectly! That looks like bumble bees!

What graceful and talented bees you have, Christine! I always wondered what the bees are thinking as I follow them around from bloom to bloom; thanks for enlightening me:)

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