On a wonderful spring walk I was surprised to see a bumblebee, avidly gorging on crocus pollen, so enthusiastic in it’s task of collecting that it was covered all over with bright yellow pollen. As I watched fascinated it clambered above and below and around the crocus flowers, feasting here and there and leaving a trail of pollen, like the breadcrumbs in Hansel and Gretel, glowing gloriously yellow, in its’ wake. It was a sunny and warm day and like myself the bumblebee seemed to be reveling in the sunshine and the promise of spring. I was entranced and watched for a while, happy that I could observe something so small as an insect engaged in an energetic and joyful exercise, and derive so much pleasure from it, and even feel a kinship with it. The pollen covered insect made me think of a small child covered from top to toe with chocolate cake, or an a grown-up inhaling a handful of crunchy salt and vinegar crisps on a Friday night, when nobody is watching, because when someone is watching we are always controlled and on our best behaviour. Gone the free joy of insects and small children.
Which is a shame. These pictures to me, represent how I feel when life is good, carefree, and lived in the moment, mindfully. Full of opportunities, full of joy, full of choices, chances, happiness and sunshine. They also show that small things can give great happiness. And they remind me that going out for a simple walk, can lead to wonderful discoveries and observations, that would have passed me by had I stayed dutifully glued to my computer.
So for today’s fiesta friday, happening over at the Novice gardener Angie’s blog I am bringing the joy of spring and the anticipation of good things to come (oh and I have a gougelhopf in the oven that I will bring along later)….