Saturday, 11 October 2008

My friends are back......

When the sun comes out and the temperature rises by a couple of degrees........
your friends return to the garden.......

they hide in the grasses....and enjoy the warmth......


their wings glitter in the sunshine........
they make a piece of wood come to life..............



they add autumnal colour.............
that simply takes your breath away.......but there is someone missing......
not really.......I have just saved the best till last.....this looks like the queen to me......she is a very large bee........my heart skipped a beat when I saw her.....will she stay........ I live in hope..........






28 comments:

Baker Watson said...

Nice captures, Cheryl. Looks like you had a colorful day. And the seeing the queen, too. I know you enjoyed it.

Baker

marmee said...

i am quite sure you are welcoming all you come. even though for you it means a warmer place for them it means new energy from the sunrays. i love the dragonfly with his shining wings. lovely images!

Graceanne Grateful said...

Cheryl Such a beautiful post today. Your yard and garden are just gorgeous! Wish my place looked half that neat and pretty. love all your pictures. The dragonfly is stunning and the queen bee is a great catch.

Cheryl said...

It was a wonderful day Baker...so much life came back to the garden.....

Cheryl said...

Hi Marmee....the weather has been pleasantly warm with a light breeze....with the life that came it was indeed an added bonus.....

Cheryl said...

Thank you Graceanne.....I love my garden and all that comes here.....the queen bee was a joy, I can't tell you just how much......

Wendy said...

Nice pics...you've captured the little creatures enjoying the warmth of a nice autumn day. I'll bet they are enjoying this special time with you, knowing that soon they will be gone......until spring.....especially the queen bee.

Cheryl said...

Ohhhhh....I love the dragonfly! I have one that lights on my tree outside my window where I sit at the computer. There's something special about dragonflies!

Ruth said...

We are having Indian summer and I did see three butterflies and a couple of persistent mosquitoes today. But we have had frost and the insects are few (except for the spiders in our house!)

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful photos of our little friends. Lovely garden.

Mimi said...

Oh, it's nice when friends come out for the sun, isn't it?

naturewitch said...

Hi Cheryl

Great to see your pics (as usual)!
What a delight to see a queen bee. She really is very beautiful, but then, so are lots of your little friends in the garden.

As for bees - I'm hoping to get a couple of hives in a few weeks. I contacted the local beekeepers association and they put me on to an elderly gentleman who has hives to sell. He said he needs to feed the bees up a bit after winter, but he's going to ring me back in a few weeks when they are ready to be moved. I'm soooo excited! Will keep you posted. xx

beckie said...

I am so glad your weather has warmed for the fall at least. It looks lovely there with all the sun. Your friends know a good place when they see it. And they will surely enjoy their stay. Your photos are wonderful. Such bright clear images-well done! I love the dragonflies. I haven't seen any here in a long time. Their wngs just sparkle so. Hope you are having a great weekend-we are We have the granddaughters.

Cheryl said...

Hi Naturewitch....how wonderful.....I cannot wait for you to post....to have hives in your garden is a dream....bees are fascinating and wonderful creatures......

Cheryl said...

Hi Beckie....tku.....you will have a busy weekend but I am sure your lovely granddaughters will help lift your spirits......have a fun time......

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy....the queen bee was a bonus....I did not see any other bees in the garden.....

Tricia said...

Isn't it wonderful that we're enjoying this little bit of "extra" summer; especially as our garden visitors are enjoying it too.

Some nice pics too Cheryl.

Cheryl said...

Hi Tricia .....after the terrible summer we had this is indeed a bonus.....we must try to enjoy it for as long as we can.....

Rose said...

Look at the sunshine, Cheryl! We were so happy to get some rain this past week, but I know you've had more than your share. Lovely photos. I know you're partial to the bees, but I love the dragonfly photos--I haven't seen any dragonflies around here since July. The warm weather does seem to bring all the little creatures out once again.
You did have a Sunday Safari after all today!

zhakee said...

What a wonderful assortment of insects. Glad to see you back outside and sharing your garden again.

Cheryl said...

That is really strange Rose....I thought the same thing...I thought Sunday safari's were a distant memory but the weather here is glorious......not roasting hot just pleasantly warm........I had a heron in the garden two mornings ago, time I got the camera he had gone.....lovely to see though

Patsi said...

What a joy it must have been to see and capture the activity in your yard. Thanks for sharing.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Keeping my fingers and toesies crossed that the queen bee wil stay. Lovely pics Cheryl and hasn't the weather been lovely lately?

Naturegirl said...

Cheryl I loved viewing your friends!
You obviously took time to just enjoy
the moment!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a nice visit with your friends Cheryl.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
I was gone from home this weekend and was so happy to return and find your bugs are back!!
You had a Sunday safari.
I love all the bugs. The butterflies steal my heart, every one more beautiful from the last. Dragonflies are also so very beautiful. They do bring life to wood! Ahhh...Spiders and their spinnets charm me..
Having a Queen Bee in your garden is very, very exciting...She will stay.
Herons are one of my favorite birds. I sometimes see one fly over the yard. My ponds are way too small for a heron. So nice you were able to see one.
Lovely post.
Lovely to see your friends.
Hugs,
Sherry

Cheryl said...

Tku Sherry....it was for me a wonderful surprise that the insects came back....I can't tell you just how good it felt to see them.....quite magical....who would have thought Sunday safari in October......

I hope you had a lovely weekend......

Mary said...

I hope she stays. Sweet narrative, lovely wishes.