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Beauty Observed in Bumble Bees


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The following pictures are of million bells which are also called calibrachoa. (You can click on any photo to see it at full size.)

Calibrachoa is a member of the evergreen family.

Isn’t that fascinating??


I just spent the morning in my garden!

red-calibrachoa-bumble-bee-1What joy it brings to my heart!

red-calibrachoa-bumble-bee-3Riotous beauty everywhere!

orange-calibrachoa-bumble-beeAnd, then, bumblebees!

red-calibrachoa-bumble-bee-2When I first started home schooling, I read a lot of Charlotte Mason.

I loved her idea of sitting and watching the bumble bees.

We can learn so much from just stopping and watching, don’t you think?

Isaac-watts-bee-quoteHow doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower.
~Isaac Watts

Tell me, what fills your heart with joy?


The Beauty in Maple Blossoms

Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed 1

Macro Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed 2

Macro Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed 3

Macro Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed 4

Super Macro Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed

click the images to see them at full size

When we moved into our house 17 1/2 years ago I would drive down our brick street and just marvel at the beauty of the maple trees that reached their branches across the street.  The canopy of leaves would let light dapple though.  It was positively Midwest gorgeous!

Unfortunately, tornadoes and blight have taken most of the old 80+ year old trees in our neighborhood.  The house across the street just had their two towering maples taken down last week.  It makes me so sad.

Like the rest of the street, we’ve lost the mature maples that used to grow in our yard.  We planted a new red maple a few years ago.  My youngest two dubbed it “Baby Tree.”  I take their first-day-of-school pictures in front of it each year.

I am used to watching the red haze cover the edges of the trees in spring.  Until Baby Tree, I never took the time to really notice the beauty in that red haze.   The red haze is the maple tree blossoming.  Did you know that maple trees blossom?  Well, because Baby Tree’s lower branches are where I can see them, I was able to capture some of the beauty in the red haze.  I didn’t photograph it at exactly the right time.  That happens sometimes.  These photos were taken the day after we had snow again.  They are a little wilted.  I think they are still beautiful.

Where these pictures were taken:  In my front yard.

How I took them:  Standing on my tippy toes.  I’m pretty short.  lol

What to notice:  I don’t have a lot of red in my yard/garden. You’ll find lots of white, pink, blue, and purple.  However, I love red maple trees.  Notice that the color of these blossoms contain the same colors that the leaves will be in the fall.  You can see one of those leaves here.  If you look closely, you can still see the hard bud casings that protected these little blossoms all winter.

What they make me think about God or a scripture they remind me of:  There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  Ecclesiastes 3:1

Please feel free to tell me what you noticed, what they made you think about God, or a scripture they reminded you of.

Have a beautiful day!


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