The Stamen Buzz

It began early this morning, the sound drawing near, as I stood looking at the male flowers opening in the sweet, morning light. Surrounding me, I did not know where the sound was coming from, however I knew what was making the sound.

Buzz, buzz, buzz…

All of a sudden I saw the bees, they were bathed in an orange-yellow substance, almost the color of hornets. They were black bumble bees, covered in the pollen from the male flowers from our pumpkin patch. I immediately went to the house to grab my tripod and camera, knowing I would be later than usual for work but truly amazed and delighted at the opportunity before me.

Buzz…

Again and again the bumble bees took turns going from one flower to the next as if they were swimming in a golden orange pool, dipping and circling around the center of the flower, the stamen. (The stamen is the rod-shaped, pollen-producing part of the flower that protrudes  from the center. On a male pumpkin flower, however, what appears to be only one  stamen is actually more than one stamen fused together.) It was such a beautiful sight to behold, the bees covered in the pollen, going from one flower to the next, rubbing against the inside, buzzing.

Buzz, buzz, buzz… 🙂

Fresh Dirt, Laid Plans

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Nothing like the smell of fresh dirt sitting on the bed of a 96 Ford watching my husband run the Kubota tractor plowing up the rich ground for our future dreams and fresh laid plans, planning a nursery, a garden, an orchard, a foundation of fruit, plants, trees, veggies, and a pumpkin patch for this stretch of field or the other. A garden behind the house, full of the Lords glorious bounty, lettuce, zucchini, squash, watermelon, suger peas, okra, red and green bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, beef steak and cherry tomatoes, corn and radishes. What hope lies within these fields, this acreage, this land? Working the soil with my family, the possibilities are endless. I am such a happy girl, I am truly blessed. We have radishes already 🙂