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I don't really *do* flowers, but in honour of Hildegard and her provocative orchids, chocolate, swamprose, Gael, Viv and others, here are some humble damp rhodedendrons.

Actually, they're not that humble, they were on great, big exotic trees and the bees were the size of my thumb! Well nearly...

swamprose says:

it was the bumble that made me smile.

and the rhodo photo of the stems.

25th Apr 2007, 19:20

OJ says:

You would have liked Inverewe gardens then - lots of fat, busy bumble bees with white fluffy bottoms.

25th Apr 2007, 19:25

Viv says:

One of the places I wpould like to go - love that area but never been to the gardens

25th Apr 2007, 20:21

Alfie says:

Really really nice, I love the bumble bee shot. I too took macro shots of flowers this evening on my way back from the garden centre, must remember to post.

25th Apr 2007, 21:05

crickson says:

It's a bee! Quick! Clone it before they all die!

25th Apr 2007, 21:08

hildegard says:

Love that top shot & hats off to your The Move reference. Or maybe ELO?
Can't imagine what you mean about my orchids...

26th Apr 2007, 07:51

Gael says:

thank you : )
Lovely. I'm slowly realising that we really should have made much, much more of our time in Scotland. Apart from a few field trips we really ventured much further than the Trossachs, which are really the Highlands 'lite'

26th Apr 2007, 09:42

OJ says:

Thanks Alfie, yes do post your flowers. I feel less middle aged about being seen in garden centres now. ;)

Hildegard, it was The Move song I had in mind. I'm nothing if not obvious with my titles.

Gael, Scotland's a big country. Just go again (and again, and again). Sounds like Viv might fancy another trip too?

Crickson, what have you been watching?

26th Apr 2007, 11:25

crickson says:

Save the Bee!!!!!!

See here and here too

*Covets all bees

26th Apr 2007, 11:33

OJ says:

Thanks Crickson. I had no idea.

26th Apr 2007, 12:18

crickson says:

It's getting worse!

26th Apr 2007, 15:23

OJ says:


Would it be flippant and wrong of me to admire the headline "Honey bees dropping like flies"?

26th Apr 2007, 16:02

lovely :-)

26th Apr 2007, 18:03

chocolate says:

beautiful OJ!

jogging helped by the way, thanks =)

27th Apr 2007, 12:15

swamprose says:

the bee disappearance is a big deal here. One theory is that cell (mobile in the UK) radiation is making them flee.

there are other theories too...

the smallest cog in the machine.

27th Apr 2007, 12:25

crickson says:

Well, I don't think it's a good idea to give bees mobile phones. Maybe they're dying of obesity now they can txt instead of doing a little waggle dance?

27th Apr 2007, 12:42

paintist says:

it is very sad....the 'Marie Celeste' phenomenon has happened around our village....added to which there was a bit of anti bee feeling in some groups because of bee poo on washing and hives were closed down. The effect of which means nearly all the hives here are empty....

27th Apr 2007, 12:50

crickson says:

* Panic buys honey.

27th Apr 2007, 12:58

OJ says:

"the smallest cog in the machine."

Quite. I'll watch this story....

And chocolate, jogging generally helps for me too. My favourite recent run was along Loch Ewe on holiday last week. I really should try to take photos whilst running. I'm just not quite multi-tasking enough.

27th Apr 2007, 13:15