First Native Bee of the New Year 2/13/15

2:13:15 native bee a sig“Love the earth and sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others,
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people,
Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
or to any man or number of men,
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young, and with the mothers or families,
Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
And your very flesh shall be a great poem….
And have the richest fluency, not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,
And between the lashes of your eyes, and
In every motion and joint of your body.”
~ Walt Whitman ~
Preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855 edition
Flashback – Monday, February 13, 2012 – This green orchid has been hanging in there. My white ones were curling up today and the single unopened blossom may not open. I love this picture because it looks like there is a magic piano behind the orchid, so I call it “The Ghost Piano”  🙂
February 13, 2012 sigFlashback – Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – These ornamental grasses have yesterday’s bird’s nest behind them.
February 13, 2013 sig
Flashback – Thursday, February 13, 2014 – This is an American widgeon after a downpour in a few moments of stillness at the pond.
February 13, 2014Friday – February 13, 2015 – Today was a little chillier, but still sunny and nice.  I saw my first native bee, probably a leaf-cutter bee (megachile sp.) 🙂
2:13:15 white crocus nb sig 2:13:15 nb sig 2:13:15 wc nb sig“solitary bee
you have survived the winter
grateful to see you”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
2:13:15 side nb sig 2:13:15 wc nb a sig 2:13:15 yc nb bum sig“bottoms up you seek
pollen and early nectar
diving in crocus”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
2:13:15 cute sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven


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