Wednesday Vignette – dancing bees

Walking past a red hot planting outside the Oregon Convention Center the other day, these  two bees caught my eye. Apparently, I’m not the only one that does a double take when I see that intense red color. The happy couple seemed to move around the center of the flower in an almost coordinated manner. As bees do, all of a sudden one took off, but I caught it in flight. The photo made me think of jitterbug dancing, or perhaps more correctly in this case – jitterbugs dancing.

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' and bees Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' and bees

To see more amazing moves – check this 1941 clip out. Watch it to the end -you won’t be sorry!


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – dancing bees

  1. Alison says:

    Great shot of the red flower and the bees. It almost looks like a black and white photo, with just the pop of red to stand out. I’ve seen lots of bees this summer doing that same dance. My Wednesday Vignette is here:

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Those are some happy bees! Great picture!

  3. Kris P says:

    That flower is stunning! If I was a bee, I’d hang out there too. As to the jitterbugging, oh how I wish I had that energy (and flexibility)! Here’s my contribution this week:

  4. Fabulous photo! It really does look like you used some fancy editing to “color up” the flower with a black and white background. My vignette tends toward a cooler color palette:

  5. rickii says:

    After the discussion about the difficulty of photographing red, you seem to have figured it out. Splendid! Here’s my vignette:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh how I wish… No, nothing has been figured out. Just dumb luck. The color in the close-up is close to the real thing, whereas the one in the “black and white” photo is a bit subdued, compared to its actual self.

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  7. mattb325 says:

    I think I’ve just made it…I was wondering what to photograph (if anything at all) and then this:

  8. Jenni says:

    Oh, that was a good catch! I love the fuzzy vibe. Here’s my contribution for the week:

  9. Really cool shot! And thanks for sharing the fun dance clip. Here’s my WV:

  10. mmwm says:

    I like your bees. I took something similar of honeybees and a sunflower bloom this week. But I used a different flower for my vignette (as you know –thanks for commenting already!):

  11. Bees are so fascinating to watch.

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