Every month I intend to participate in the Fat Mum Slim Photo-a-Day photography challenge. I usually do well the first few days – perhaps the first week – and then I get busy, I forget to look at the prompts or I automatically click off the notification for the app. This month, though, I’m doing much better at participating. I’ve gotten behind a few days, and I think right now, I still need to do “Q” and “T” for this month. The secret to this month’s success versus others? I took a look at the list of photos for the month, and I’ve spent a little bit of time “pre-shooting.”
I understand that for some people this might be cheating, but one of the things that I’ve learned about myself recently is that if I’m going to be successful, then I need to plan for that success. I go to work in the dark. I don’t really have the opportunity to take photos during the day. But. I can certainly spend time once a week or so taking a look at what photos are coming up that month and think about how I can capture that idea. I find that I’m having to spend even more time thinking about the prompts and possible images than I would if I were shooting on the fly, catch-as-catch-can.
It’s what is working for me, and I’m not really apologizing for it (OK, I’m sorta apologizing for it).
All of that to say that just the other day, I was wandering around the back yard at Gumbo Acres, thinking about the remaining prompts for the month and wondering how I was possibly going to find something for “Z,” when I spied zinnias at the end of the pool. I thought I’d better get a few snaps before they were completely gone for the season, and that’s when I noticed them.
The Bees. In the goldenrod.
A friend posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that we could expect the first hard frost in 6 weeks because the goldenrod was in bloom. If that’s true, we can expect the frost to come in around the middle of November…at least I think I’m remembering the timeline correctly. I need to remember to let Sweet Husband know we’ll need to make preparations for my porch plants – I’m not losing them all this year.
As I looked closer, I noticed that it wasn’t just bees that were making their home in goldenrod. I counted probably 3 different kinds of wasps, which inspired a wee bit of panic as I am highly allergic. I suppose I’m also allergic to bee stings, but for some reason those suckers don’t inspire as much fear as wasps.
The plants were alive with the buzzing and moving of winged insects. It was a little unsettling to see so many bees and wasps (and a few moths) all congregating in one place. As I moved the branches and buds around, I realized that perhaps the flying things were a bit drunk on pollen as they really paid me no mind – one might buzz close to my ear, but then it made its way right back to the blooms.
Like most things in nature, I left the bees and wasps alone, and they reciprocated, making it a great evening for all of us – they’re enjoying their pollen, I’m sipping my rum. Life is good, yes?
(No bees here, just a beautiful flower…can’t believe they were leaving this lovely alone, although I suppose when you have a massive buffet available to you, you don’t even bother to look at the menu to see what else is on offer)