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All Hail the Queen!




She’s the most regal queen 

         that ever walked the earth

She servants in the hundreds has

         who depend on her for birth


Royal jelly fed to her 

         for a weighty amount of time

formed her different from the rest

         and kept her in her prime


Bees are Nature’s gift to flowers

         and to blossoming trees

Without them not as much beauty

         dancing in the breeze


If their kingdom you would love 

         to honor and reverently bless

consume more organics and in your monarchical yard

         spray chemicals much less




[The larger bee — in the center of the top photo, with the gold marking placed on its back — is the Queen.  In the bottom photo, young bee larva can be seen in the comb (that the worker bees have been feeding).  Many thanks to Chad McGinnis for allowing me to photograph; Chad is the beekeeper of these fine bees.]

Queen bee and worker bees (bees of Chad McGinnis) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Bee Larva and Bees. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017


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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

25 Comments Join the Conversation

  1. I’ve never paid particular attention to bees until recent years. Your poem and picture draw attention to them wonderfully well.


  2. Great photos Tom. We have a hive of bees in our yard. We get several quarts of honey each year. Love watching the bees collecting nectar. They are interesting little critters to watch.


  3. You are completely right, Thomas, that people shouldn’t use too many chemicals in their gardens and to plant flowers and shrubs that bees love. Monoculture is very bad for bees, too. We have too many rapeseed fields here. When I was young, at the edge of cornfields I could collect cornflowers and little poppies. Where have they gone? But I can calm you, bees have a lot of beautiful flowers in our garden and no chemicals at all. Have a nice day, regards Mitza


    • So good, Mitza, that your garden in chemical-free! 🙂 I sure wish more people were like you! Bees have had such a tough time lately. Like i was telling shoreacres, when i was a kid there were so many bees everywhere. Nowadays, they are in very low numbers. Humans can do better!


  4. Such impressive photos! And words. 🙂 “Without them not so much beauty dancing in the breeze” …so true!


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