Tuesday, May 22, 2012
May 22. Day 143. Talking about the birds and the bees
I rather fancy myself as a queen bee, that one in a million creature that gets to lie around the hive while literally tens of thousands of minions swarm around doing all the work and feed me royal jelly.
Nice work if you can get it.
But there's a sting in this tale (hideously bad pun intended). I'm a worker bee. I constantly seem to be buzzing around in a never ending drive to ensure those around are provided for.
Now that sounds all very negative but the Queen Bee does miss out:
1) She is expected to breed all the time
2) She has the most distended stomach
3) She's not the one that gets to suck nectar all day
4) She never gets to go out and smell the flowers
That is what this photo, and in fact the whole Project 365 thing, says to me.
It is very easy to get weighed down by the drone of all modern daily life throws at us. Forcing myself every day to take a photograph of something that appeals to me for whatever bizarre reason focuses not only the camera but the mind on something nice.
If I didn't have the camera in hand, if I wasn't looking for something to photograph, I would not have stopped to smell this flower. I would have walked right by. That's would have been a missed opportunity. I think it is the bees knees (another hideously awful pun intended).