Winter celebrations usually include sweet treats. Yellow reminds me of the Honeybees who labor during the warmer months of the year to produce the honey that sweetens many of the traditional breads, cakes, and cookies we enjoy during our winter-time holidays. Bounties of fruit that grace our tables are also the results of bees pollinating trees in the springtime.
Thinking of gifts? Don’t forget to feel grateful for the gifts we receive that aren’t necessarily purchased. Mother Nature’s gifts surround us. I took some time out from “getting ready” for Christmas this afternoon to sit on a bench in a nature reserve. The yellow sun, scattered few remaining yellow leaves, and yellowish-brown bark of Douglas fir trees were some of the best presents I can imagine. Try finding similar gifts near you… it may be a pleasant surprise to realize just how great they can make you feel.
Here is the entrance to a hive of non-commercial Honeybees.
This time of year the entrance is empty… awaiting the return of “Yellow.” The swarm returns each spring to this Western Cedar Tree in our nature reserve.
This week’s Photo Challenge: “Yellow.”