This morning after rescue dogs Lily and Lulu had their breakfast and walkie we wandered the backyard. I disrupted the peaceful silence by crashing a clay-potted plant. I brought out a broom and as I swept up the soil heard an unfamiliar sound.



The busy summer sound of bees buzzing has been blatantly absent this spring. But I turned to see bees flying around the flowers, on the flowers.

The importance of these ordered, efficient, productive little creatures has been emphasized for a while. From honey production and pollination to economy and hobbies. Some have ventured to say if we lose our bees we starve.

I hope we don’t lose our bees. They are an integral part of everyone’s summer. But I remember chasing lightning bugs, or fireflies when I was little. I haven’t seen them.


Butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, ladybugs, ants all pollinate, either by accident or not. But bees are the real workers. People plant gardens to attract and feed them. Like hummingbird and butterfly gardens.


So I was surprised in a good way to hear them this morning. I hope they liked it enough to stay.


13 thoughts on “bees

  1. I use to see lightning bugs back home. Not like when I was a kid but I see them. I havent seen any here. You use to be able to stand out and see dozens and dozens of them, but now its like a couple 🙂 And bees well, they are getting less and less too. Sorry about your little accident 🙂

    • Even though my family all live in Texas I have not visited in spring or summer so I don’t know. Except for the hill country and west Texas it doesn’t ever get very cold though, where they are.

      • A friend of mine told me years ago that there is a place in the mountains(and I cant remember off the top of my head) that a certain time of year there are thousands of them that gather there. She said people come from all over to witness the beauty of it.

  2. What a beautiful little lady bug. The only time I saw fireflies (what we always called them) was when I was a little girl and we lived in North Dakota for awhile, or was it Texas…now I don’t know. I just remember the first time I saw one and how special that was. I also saw them a lot in Tuscany at my Husband’s aunt’s place. Sadly, we also have noticed a shortage of bees lately but they still come around now and then. I am always leaving bowls of water with rocks in them for the bees and I am also always saving them from our pool when they get stuck. Poor little bees. I hope they start getting stronger and better soon.

  3. So true, my friend. “If you know wilderness in the way that you know love, you would be unwilling to let it go….This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future.” — Terry Tempest Williams

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