Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Gardener

My plan had been to take a photo of the Artist as he used the rototiller on  the new pumpkin patch when I got a little sidetracked. I tend to take a lot of last minute mini-sojourns, but life would be pretty boring without any unplanned journeys. The loud hum of a bumblebee was the first distraction. He flitted around so quickly that trying to capture his image was a near impossible feat; I still tried though, 'cause I'm like that, sometimes. The Artist was still on my mind, because seriously, could one bumblebee really distract a farmgirl from her hard working man? I think not. However, should you replace said bumblebee with a honeybee, you just may have a totally different situation in front of your view finder. Like.Totally.Dude.

And my, isn't she lovely and amazing?  She was laden with the brightest and largest sacs of yellow pollen I have ever witnessed on a bee, in my country and city life combined. I could have watched her for hours. Maybe I did. Whenever it was I finally broke my gaze, I turned around to see the Artist shutting down the rototiller and I quickly summoned him over to watch as she gorged herself on the lilac blossoms.

A few hours later, I received a phone call from a lady with a thick Polish accent. I couldn't understand half of what she was saying but one thing was clear. My bees were ready to come home. 

A sign. Maybe.
Kismet. Perhaps.
Fate. I'd like to think so.


I'm linking up to:
Texture Tuesday over at Kim Klassen Cafe.

This image was treated with Kim's latest freebie texture,
Stained Linen.

~Bee well friends~


Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

ok... ok... I really need to get busy and try this texture "thing" myself. Once again, this picture is fabulous!


ps I'm sure the bee and the lilac made for a much better picture and viewing than a tilling session in the pumpkin patch :)

Michelle said...

I have to say that the bee was likely a better subject for your camera!

Nikki said...

That is a beautiful distraction. Lovely image and great use of texture.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, ms. beekkeeper has her bees (almost!) great timing for that heavily-laden worker to welcome them home!

Deb said...

Beautiful photo. I'm off to visit Kim K.

Gardener in the Distance said...

Did the Artist ever get photographed, and did the pumpkin patch ever get done?
To have bees in the garden, knowing how good they are for all of us, is enough to make the haert sing.

Unknown said...

Great photo and use of the texture! love the journaling too!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Andrea great shot. I tend to get distracted like that too. B

Jenni said...

All that pollen on the bee is amazing. Great capture of it...and glad to hear the bees are coming home to you
Love the new linen texture, it's been popular this week!

Flat Creek Farm said...

I love the photo, of course! And the texture - amazing. Can't wait to hear all about your bee-ventures. It's so exciting! I feel hubs and I are in the accidental beekeeper category, although we'd talked about it for years. It just sort of happened. All at once. We are learning every day. And I love it! ~Oops, off to make more bee food, now that I think of it ;) Keep us posted, Bee Girl! -Tammy

Elle Bee said...

Oh how exciting!! I can't wait to hear all about your new hive of family members! Beautiful photo--the colors are so beautiful. And that fuzzy little bee thorax is so charming! :o)

SLR said...

beautiful photo! happy Cottage Flora Thursday!!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Gorgeous photo! I would love to learn how to manipulate photo's like this - for now, i am trying to just figure out how to take photo's! thanks for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday'sxoox, tracie

Dandy said...

I am telling you.... Sell Those Photos! The texture is exquisite.

MJ said...

You know, it's only been in the past couple years that I can just watch bees without fear of losing my life (ok, i exaggerate, a tad). And you are so right, they are magnificent. And yes, I do believe in kismet. It's right up there with serendipity :).

Dawn said...

Well I LOVE this beautiful capture! It gave me a moment to relax today:)
Thank you!

Jackie said...

Love this...I want to start investigating this texture stuff...very pretty.


Ray said...

Beautiful capture!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

{{{Years from now, Andrea, when we are two old woman, I will be visiting you. And while you tend to your bees, I will watch.

And I will remind you of the elderly man from Italy who gave you the confidence to become a beekeeper!

Then we will wonder if his hives are still thriving all these years later, as they were passed down.
As we drink honey wine!

You are going to be a wonderful Beekeeper :) }}}

From April 2, 2010

And your dream has come true!
xo, misha