Ranger’s bark by the backdoor yesterday brought me to her to find something absolutely awesome: A large transient bee swarm had came from who knows where to literally hang out in the backyard fig tree for a spell, and of course I got footage of the experience from various angles, accompanied by my narration that won’t be making David Attenborough or Jeff Corwin nervous anytime soon.

In this first clip, being such an awesomely unusual event of course I ventured outside among them for a closer look:

After checking them out from the ground (in part 1), I went upstairs to look out the bathroom window and get a brief and closer look at where the bees had massed in the fig tree:

Then I set up the camĀ  with theĀ  spotting scope to get an up-close look at the teeming bee mass up in the tree:

Lastly and most coolly, I was onhand about an hour later when the bees decided it was time to move on. What I most like about this clip is that as the group breaks up you can see what lies beheath: the living infrastructure they’ve built amongst each other to hold the mass together:

G’head call me crazy or paranoid, I can take it. But I took the above photo at 4:27 this afternoon, of that small white single-engine aircraft (whose ID numbers on the fuselage are just beyond readability, dangit) because it has been traveling at low speeds in the same circle at what I’d guesstimate to be a half-mile radius up there somewhere between 1,500-2,000 feet: All. Day. Long. Literally going nowhere slowly.

And by all day long, I mean that I first heard/saw it this morning — and since then strangely enough the number of other usual craft (helicopters and planes) throughout the day has been next to nothing.

By the drone of its engine that’s just come into my ears’ range for the untold time, here it comes again. And there it goes.

What the hell’s going on up there? Could it be connected to security related to Michelle Obama’s visit?