“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” ~ Mary Kay Ash
As I searched for a good quote about Bumble Bees, I ran across Mary Kay Ash. Remembering all the Mary Kay and Avon makeup the stifled women in my family constantly nattered over made me chuckle. Then I read her bio. Make fun of the pink Cadillac and big hair all you want, Mary Kay kicked some ass and was an inspiration for women everywhere to get out there and keep trying and to help other women – no excuses – no whining! Back in the ‘old days’, when a woman would never have even dreamed of complaining about getting paid less than a man, Mary Kay Ash turned a few bucks into one of the most recognizable international brand names in history – giving a lot of women an opportunity to get out and DO something instead of whatever they were told to do. In my mind I turn back the clock about 50 years or 100 and then quietly thank the universe my particular egg waited a few decades to come into the world.
Another kick-ass woman I discovered while hunting Bumble Bees: Artist Lisa Falzon. Her art is that mix of enchanting and sinister that I love. She has an Etsy store and a gallery. Thank you, Lisa, for letting me use the picture!
and now, back to the point of all the bee references:
As much time as I spend in gardens, one would think I run into Bumble Bees all the time. In fact, I’ve only seen one in my own garden – ever! It was a week or so ago and I was out taking photos of the Foxgloves. It was early in the morning and I had my nose and camera almost inside the bloom when a Bumble Bee flew right in. It just brushed my cheek trying to get past me. This is one of those moments with nature that really make my day and they are always the last thing I expect. After I got my photo, the Bee came out of the flower and headed for my t-shirt, which was the same color as the Foxglove – I got out of the way and thus concluded my one and only encounter with a fabulous Bumble Bee.
On Bumble Bees
* there are more than 200 different kinds of Bumble Bees in the world
* each one has a unique preference when it comes to nectar and flowers
* they are very fuzzy and have black and yellow striped body hairs
* they do not have ears
* they are endangered by pesticides and harm to their habitat – so basically “humans”
* the buzzing sound comes from their vibrating flight muscles and not the action of their wings
* unlike Honey Bees, Bumble Bees only produce enough honey to feed their own young
* they are much slower and gentler than their honey making cousins but are kick-ass pollinators
So: go fearlessly out into the world despite what you think are inadequate wings, gather and pollinate, support businesses run by women/queen bees, help others and nature, don’t wait for permission – just go get your flower, be creative, respect your big hair and your favorite color and your sisters. Also, pink is not a good color to wear whilst photographing bees.