My appointment tonight was cancelled. So instead of being indoors, in a dark room, learning more about photographing, I am sitting out on my sunny kitchen veranda, the veranda Terje built as a gift for my 50th birthday, the veranda where we the first days of June have the sun until after 10pm, the veranda where I look out to the apple tree which is in full bloom right now.
We bought the apple tree just a few years ago. Last year it gave us a handful of flowers, this year there must be thousands, may be millions........ Here in The Blue Garden outside The House in the Woods, like in the rest of the world, we are concerned about the fatal death of bees. What will happen with the fruit and berry fertilization without bees, bumble bees, wasps and other insect?
I saw a couple of bumble bees in the fruit trees earlier today, and I sent a prayer of thanks to the Creator of this world of ours. Later a beautiful white butterfly came on a short Blue Garden visit. I walk detours to let the spider webs hang, and I plant colours to attract bees and other insects. We make sure that the garden is always shaggy enough for the hedgehods. We have not seen a hedgehog in years, but the other day Marta showed me a photo of a hedgehod from the garden of her boyfriend´s parents. I smiled when I saw it and immediately named the hedgehod Hope.
Will the bees survive? How can I explain a butterfly to my grandchild if there are no butterflies left?
By the way, the Norwegian name of butterfly is sommerfugl /summerbird. Isn´t that a beautiful name? I want to do take care of the land of the summer birds, to pass it on to future generations. I dig. I weed. I plant. And I pray.
The photos are from last Sunday. We stood in line, waiting for the ferry when I saw this butterfly. The line had to wait!