Perchance To Dream


On my before-bed check of the flower patch last night I found this bee nestled and entirely still in the center of that newly bloomed lemon queen sunflower. As it was well after 10 p.m. and I’ve rarely — if ever — seen bees out after dark, I thought rather sentimentally  that it might have decided to camp out either for a little bit or perhaps the night. So doing my best not to disturb the scene, I pointed my flashlight and camera at it for the above snap (click for the bigger picture), and bid it goodnight.

After all, it looked entirely fine. But after sunrise this morning when I went out with the watering can and found the bee  still there and unmoved I realized the poor thing hadn’t stopped for a nap, it had stopped for good. Why? Who knows. Maybe it was old. Maybe it had been forced to use its stinger. Maybe it got bit by the crab spider next door but the effect of the tiny predator’s venom had been delayed.

Whatever the cause of its death, the bee looked as if it had been busy one moment and just gone the next.

While sprinkling water among the leaves and petals the bee was dislodged and it plummeted to the soil below where it will hopefully enrich the soil in its own little way for next year’s sunflowers.

When I told Susan, she summed up my sentiments perfectly: “What better place to go?”

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."