It finally stopped raining. The cats and puppies all went outside with me to romp around in the sunshine. We had little sun this spring. The birds and the bees were all out, too, visiting the bird feeders. We have feeders for all sorts of creatures, hummingbird feeders, all sorts of seed sizes for different birds including something for woodpeckers. No, I don’t leave out rotting flesh for our vultures here, they find this on their own. Well, a bumbly bee fell into the puppy water dish and was drowning. So I saved her.
She was soaking wet and I lifted her out so she could cling to my forefinger. We then went to a sunny corner of the garden and she began to flail her wings to dry them off. She has multiple eye lenses and was definitely looking at me as I walked along the garden, seeking the best flower for her for she was exhausted and needed energy badly.
All my red flowers were now in afternoon shade so I went to the raspberry bush which is in late bloom due to the rather cold, wet spring. Madame Bumblebee refused to leave my finger so I gently pushed her onto the berry bush leaf. She then touched the white flower and then climbed up to it and began drinking.
For a half a hour, she probed it while she dried off then she flew off. The hive mind of bees always fascinates me for they can ‘see’ and ‘think’ in their own way and they definitely categorize their world to take into account various creatures around them.
For example, they know the sheep would eat them if they stayed on a flower too long and would buzz off but not too far for the sheep were not dangerous, otherwise, unlike predators who attack bees. They are highly aware of these critters!
Humans also have a hive mind. It is hard to escape. People think they are ‘rational’ when they are merely participating in the hive mind. Computers are an exaggeration of the hive mind of humans intersecting with the logic systems of pure math. Food for thought, I dare say.
Ah, the hummingbird just came to check out the new table I set up for the sunflower seed feeder. It then ‘scanned’ the sunflower feeder to see if it had also changed but it is the same so it then flew to its super red/yellow juice bar feeder and then darted off.
I can’t wait for all the baby birds to get their feathers next month in June and come to the feeder to learn how to perch, take off, pull out seeds, break them open, fight with each other, etc. Always good for a laugh.
A thought occurred to me: bees would be great Go players by nature. It would be like building the honey storage units of a bee hive which isn’t even at all but built according to relationships of each other and who can get more to deposit their honey in point A rather than randomly. Bee hives are not random at all, they are quite structured.