B Is For Bee (& Buttercup)

24 May 2020 – Walking south through quiet residential local streets, as usual, and, again as usual, head-swivelling to check out each back alley as I pass. Because there might be something to explore.

And, oh, this time, there is.

A brightly painted bee-trail the length of the block.

It starts with that one bee, then leads you hippity-hop forward …


to a node with two bees, to keep you motivated …

and a final twist of hippity-hop …


to the three-bee finale.

And then the magic spell is broken.

Or perhaps intensified, depending on your attitude to cityscape.

I turn my head to the right, and take in the boarded-up old house, the beater-car in the yard — and what explodes all over the rest of the yard.

B is for buttercup.



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  1. Cool images!

  2. Oh Penny, what a marvellous discovery. πŸ™‚ Street art bees that lead to buttercups. There is so much to notice and enjoy. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • the street art obviously officially sponsored & caused to happen; the buttercups just thrown around by Mother Nature, without a by-your-leave…

  3. The buttercups have been prolific, but that’s one fantastic mass of yellow! And the sidewalk is done so beautifully, I hope it stays there for a very long time. Charming. πŸ™‚

    • lots of “weeds” are so beautiful…

      • For sure! Yesterday we wandered through a huge vacant lot (which hopefully won’t turn into a development) up on a ridge. It had thousands of daisies and hundreds of Foxgloves – all non-native, but SO pretty.

      • I’m becoming more worried about non-native species, given their tendency to wipe out native ones (oh dear, read that observation as broadly as you like…), but I join you in loving the sight of daisies and foxgloves.

      • You have me laughing with your invitation to read your comment as broadly as I’d like. And you know, that’s a reminder to go deeper on the question of non-natives. Plants & animals have been migrating for a long time, assisted or not, and it’s not always a bad thing. I do share your concern for native species not being able to compete though. Have you heard about this book?

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