I also enjoy waiting for them to be where I am so I can get a close-up shot like this one. I stood and watched bees and bugs swarming around thistle plants at Yahr Park and took a few closeups of this beautiful creature cultivating sweetness and color and pollinating hope for future generations.
Bees are such wonderful teachers of doing our "work" with purpose and joy. When a bee comes into your life, pause and ask yourself if you are making work harder than it needs to be...Perhaps you need to make time to "stop and smell the flowers?" Also, listen to the hum and buzz--it is like listening to the "Ohm" in yoga class. Some cultures believe, if a bee comes to you and you listen, you will hear the voice of your loved ones in spirit and receive a message from them. I like this belief and find it makes it even more special to wait and listen to their humming songs.
Wendy Skovo wrote these beautiful lyrics for the honey song in The Secret Life of Bees. Remember them when you remember your loved ones and remember to use love and care in all your relations.:
"Place a beehive on my grave
and let the honey soak through.
When I'm dead and gone,
that's what I want from you.
The streets of heaven are gold and sunny,
but I'll stick with my plot & a pot of honey.
Place a beehive on my grave
and let the honey soak through."