Category Archives: Beespeak
Carpenter Bee Collage
My blog, The Beespeak, is not a blog about bees. I do find bees to be interesting creatures, however. I first thought these were bumble bees; but, the spot on their backs proved them to be carpenter bees instead! I learned something new! Did you know the difference?
These large carpenter bees look pretty cool doing their work among the flowers. The pinkish flowers are rhododendrons, but I am not sure what the purple flowers are. Bees seem to like them; do you know what they are? Isn’t nature delightful?
***Her blog bespoke of her appreciation of the simple things in life.***
When I saw that bespoke was the daily prompt, I had to respond since my blog is called the beespeak! I hope that my appreciation of the simple things in life is evident when you look at my blog posts, many of which feature nature photographs. Of course, simple is a relative term, right? While simple in comparison to more fancy, expensive things, it is undeniable that trees and creeks and birds and flowers are exquisite in their beauty.
These simple rough woodland sunflowers, reaching toward the sky, made me happy. And it made me smile to see the little bee buzzing around them!
What simple things make you happy?
Photo, Haiku and Commentary
Horizon Haiku (Connected)
The earth meets the sky
A promise in the distance
We are connected
As we move toward the new year, I am learning to recognize the depth of my connections.
I am connected to God through His love and grace. I am connected to my family, and that includes my pets. I am connected to my friends, and that includes blogger buddies. I am connected to my co-workers. I am connected to my neighbors and community. I am connected to the human race, persons near and far, on earth and in heaven. I am connected to nature. I am connected to myself, including my physical senses, inner thoughts and emotions.
The surface connections are easy to see. It is the deeper layers of connection that are on my mind. How does it all work together? Can growing in appreciation of all these complex bonds make me more grounded, understanding, optimistic, peaceful, loving, and kind? Can it make me a better human, friend, sister, and child of God? I think it can. I believe it will.
Posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge:
I thought this flower was beautiful and took a picture. But, I had to look it up to find out what it was called. I typed in “yellow flower with brown center” and discovered it was a Black Eyed Susan after searching the images! I noticed the tiny hairs on the leaves and stems along with the golden yellow petals and dark brown center dome which lead to the identification. The beauty is in the details.
I also learned that this flower, a member of the sunflower family, attracts butterflies and bees. I learned that there may be medicinal uses for the flower. And, I learned that the symbolic meaning of the flower is justice.
I am posting this photo as my entry for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Details
Of course, I had to share a bee picture in response to JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Bee.
This is, after all, the beespeak blog!
I took this picture of a fuzzy bee on my rhododendrons last summer. It is my only bee picture to date. I think it is a busy bumblebee. Bees are such hard workers. What would we do without the magic (okay, science) of pollination?
I’ll see you on the blogging beeline!
Do you remember Dreamsicles? This bite-size orange flavored candy tastes like a sweeter version of the Dreamsicles I loved as a kid!
I found the candy confection at a nearby family run store. The store is called Jamison’s and the country store (not to be confused with the Country Market posted about previously) is located at the family orchard. I also bought homemade ginger rock candy that was earthy and sweet. I am looking forward to going there again to buy more candy! There are so many flavors to choose from that the decision won’t be easy!
Do you have a sweet tooth?
Beespeak- it’s better to be sweet than bitter
This is my entry for JNW’s Color Your World Challenge-apricot.
I like to think this metal image is of Sir Walter Raleigh playing chess.
As far as being antique, it doesn’t go back as far (1554-1618) as the English gentleman himself, but only as far as the 1900’s when my grandmother gave me this nick-knack. For some reason, the image has always intrigued me. So, I have kept it.
Sir Walter was involved in sending people to start Roanoke Colony, later to be known as the Lost Colony, in America. While I live in Roanoke, Virginia and not in Roanoke Island, North Carolina, I still felt a connection to that story when I first learned about it in elementary school history class.
I associate Sir Walter with tobacco, and the plaque gentlemen, in Elizabethan style garments, are smoking pipes. They seem to be in the midst of a strategic game. I have read that Sir Walter Raleigh enjoyed chess and he has been quoted as saying “I do not wish to live longer than I can play chess.”
I do not claim to be a history expert or chess master, but it seems Sir Walter was quite passionate about playing chess. I’m curious, what pastimes (other than blogging, of course!) are you passionate about?
Beespeak- Find something that you are passionate about and do it!
This is my entry for JNW’s Color Your World Challenge-antique Brass.
Happy New year! Thank you to everyone for following my blog, providing prompts and feedback, and (most of all) for the interesting conversations! I wish you all the best in 2016!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I have spent many hours over the last few days considering my genealogy and family history. I started a family tree and have been amazed to find that so many documents complete with information are readily available. I have been reminded of family stories and wished I had taken more care to note of the details.
It is fascinating to me to consider that these family members are not just names on a page, but real people that led up to my existence. It makes me want to learn more about their lives and the events of history.
I have been thinking about my mother as a little girl, trying to imagine her hugging her mother or sitting on her father’s lap. I have been thinking about my father as a young man ready to take on the world. I have been thinking about my place in history.
I have been thinking about the old and the young. We take aging for granted until one day our hair grays, our knees creak or we get a tinge in our back. It happens to us all. Still, some people seem to have a knack for staying young at heart.
My mother had physical ailments, yet she stayed on top of the news and liked experiencing new technology like ipads and facetime. She liked hearing about my day and sharing news I may have missed while I was at work. Staying in touch with current trends kept her young at heart.
My brother is an avid exerciser, lifting weights and staying strong. He says that it is important not to stop building strength so that you won’t lose ground. Working out and staying in good shape keeps him young at heart.
What do I do to stay young at heart? I think that learning something new is important to staying young at heart. Keeping up with technology, as best I can, means I am not left behind the crowd. Learning a new skill, like photography, keeps my wheels turning! Talking to old friends can be invigorating. And, taking notice of the simple beauty of nature and giving in to the amazement keeps me young at heart.
Today, the temperature was a record breaking 75 degrees so I sat outside on my back porch, reflecting on the past. I noticed a single dandelion, a pop of bright yellow cheer among the brown leaves on the ground. I took a moment to admire the contrast and the intricate detail of the tiny dandelion. I took a moment to live in the present, to appreciate the simple joy of now.
*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge:
and also in response to the daily post daily prompt:
Young At Heart
Ten things I learned from wildlife while sitting on my porch:
1. Prepare for the winter.
2. Don’t hide all your nuts in one place.
3. It’s okay to relax when your work is done.
4. Blending in is safe.
5. Wear bright colors if you want attention.
6. Look around.
7. Move…run, climb, hop, jump, fly, and soar!
8. Claim your home but share your world.
9. Beauty is not only one thing.
10. Be yourself.
*posted for writing101, list made
To see more of my wildlife pictures and posts click The Backyard Bunch heading at the top of the page!