Monday, February 1, 2010

Inside the undergrowth

This is a small corner nearby the abandoned dam at Cerok Tokun. I like to spend some slow and quiet moments over here after my hiking. I can expect a series of unexpected wonder day after day.

I was sitting on the carpet of grasses when a question came across my mind. It was of course a trivial but funny question again. What could I find in this thick undergrowth?

There is a question, there must be an answer!! And so I started my exploration and made some notes with my camera.

I saw an ant, pretended to be a busy bee, moving around a flower.

And a real bee wasted no time to collect nectar.

And another bee was seen busy at the same routine.

So were the other species.

They kept flying around, moving in and out, looking for food, at this small corner at Cerok Tokun. As I started to observe more closely, there were more bees out there hunting for food. Would there be enough supply of food? Would the demand be more than supply?

It should be not a problem. I got the answer when my camera started to zoom out. It is not a problem as long as we will never spoil their heaven.

This last question bothered me because of the recent tragedy at Haiti.


Sharkbytes said...

The quantity of insects living off of things we would gladly eradicate (weeds) can be pretty astonishing, can't it? Great search for a little detail of interest.

George said...

I'm glad you decided to investigate the undergrowth around the dam. Your pictures are wonderful. I hope this little peace of heaven is never spoiled by man.

The Retired One said...

Indeed...all of our thoughts are about the people in Haiti,searching for food and trying to survive.
Loved your macro photos today!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos, rainfield. Some time the un-expected encounter is much more joyous, and you just did that..

Kirigalpoththa said...

Those bees will have enough food for many generations at Cerok Tokun!

Tabib said...

Beware of the Bee. It can sting. ;)

Diane AZ said...

This is why nature is so fascinating, we never know what we will find. I like all of your pictures!

rainfield61 said...

I did not the world inside there is so busy until I did a search.

More to come...

I do hope the same. Even a simple housekeeping spoils the heaven.

The Retired One:
We feel helpless sometimes. Things are not within our control.

Icy BC:
The joy continues. I have aboundant of surprise over here.

This is my 2010 wish.

The buzzing sound keeps lingering in my ears. I know where you are...

Diane AZ:
Nature is so fascinating. My camera enjoys so much.

Tes said...

Amazing macro, Rainy! It is cute how that ant pretended to be a bee...hahaha! :)

Cheryl said...

I do enjoy your explorations and quiet moments, always have a mystery for us and wonderful solutions!

Life Ramblings said...

i've trouble taking pics of bees and wasps. either i need a steadier, quicker hand or slower moving insects.

Mark Kreider said...

Wonderful photos... love your macros!

Autumn Belle said...

I was getting worried when you said, more and more bees. Do be careful in case you stumble on their nest or their Queen!

rainfield61 said...

If the ant has a pair of wings, it is then more like a bee.

Have "camera" will travel.
(Still remember? Paladin in Have Gun Will Travel)

Life Ramblings:
I do not know whether I have a pair of steady hands, but I manage to get one or two good photos out of 30 to 40 tries.

Mark Kreider:
If you come more often, you will fall in love with my Cerok Tokun too.

Autumn Belle:
There are not only bees, I see many other critters which I have no idea how to call them.

Glennis said...

You do see the tiny details that most of us never notice. Well done.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Nature's mystery for us is survival of the fittest for them.

Ratty said...

Stopping to watch the small things in nature is one of the most enjoyable things. The great thing about insects is that they seem to be able to find plenty of food wherever they are.

eileeninmd said...

I enjoyed following your exploration. There is so much to see out there.
Great post and photos.

AVCr8teur said...

You have discovered the secret life of the undergrowth. It is buzzing with activity, but you can't see it once you zoomed back on your camera.

Anonymous said...

It's nice to be near nature! :)

Misalyn said...

You have lovely macro shots. Hey rainfiled, don't think too much when hike, okay? ( just telling you what yiu have told me hahahaha)

Seriously, that's a lovely post and I think you were thinking about the victims and survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

As an ordinary person,all I can offer is a prayer. Prayer can move mountains. I really hope that they get through this difficult time.

VanillaSeven said...

What an unexpected finding. The bees seems busy gathering.

SquirrelQueen said...

I too am glad you explore the undergrowth, so much life to be discovered. Nature will provide what the bee needs but Nature can also destroy. Just as in Haiti.