I went to pick up some fallen and very ripe fruit in our little orchard and found quite a surprise.
I’m glad I found them before they found me.
I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.
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14 thoughts on “An Apple A Day”
We have swarms almost daily at The Holler. I have learned to be super comfortable with them. When they fly like a cloud of B52’s around me, I stand still in the center and feel thrilled to my toes. I have gotten stung once when I bugged them watering and consider that fortunate. We have a lot of bees and orchards here. Since they are now endangered, we are very lucky to host them. Doggies need to keep their distance though and usually they know this.
They are usually very respectful of our gardening. I think they understand that we are making more things bloom for them. But I took these by surprise. Very glad they were too busy eating to mind me – especially the wasps. Doggies have been duly warned. 🙂
MMMMMM . . . bees and apples.
Oooh, these look like nasty yellow jackets! They scare me! Give me bees any day over these scary guys. LOL! But the photos are amazing! Thank you for sharing!
It was both. 🙂
I’m glad you saw them first too! Could have been quite the adventure.
A good job you saw them before you picked up an apple. In my experience, those “guys” get upset really easily… and stealing their feast would probably do just that!
Thankfully, I have learned to be calm around them. They did a brief swarm and went back to the business at hand!
Are these wasps or bees? Not that it matters probably if you picked up the apple.
Like you, I’ve learned that remaining calm does the trick. I’m fascinated by bees and wasps, and welcome them in the garden. I’ve only been stung once…when a wasp flew in my car window and was trapped under my sleeve. That was painful and bizarre as I pulled over wondering why my arm was suddenly in excruciating pain. I lifted my sleeve and off it flew.
The only thing worse than being stuck in a car with a wasp, is being in the outhouse with one!! 🙂
Oh good grief yes. I can’t even imagine that nightmare.
Yup. No fun at all!!