Portraits of pollinators

Today I was driving back from Sechelt and was lucky enough to hear some people discussing bees on the CBC noon show, Almanac. (I confess I’m a huge Mark Forsythe fan…) I was surprised to hear a man list the various pollinators in our coastal gardens. Of course I knew about bees in their various incarnations. We see honey bees here, and bumble bees, and mason bees, and the strange wedge-shaped bee flies. And of course hummingbirds and other familiars. But I never knew that lizards are considered pollinators. Or ants.

When I arrived home, I went out to work in the garden and was newly aware of activity in every blossom. I took some photographs of various insects (and a lizard), the ones that caught my eye, or those who were still enough to let me take their portraits. I’d put the camera away when I noticed a wasp working a huckleberry bush, moving from one bell to the next in a methodical way that made me think of wasps a little differently. So imagine it among these others, radiantly striped, in the pink urns of a Vaccinium parvifolium. And as for the lizard, well, I’m not sure how to imagine it as a pollinator. Every time I see them, they’re staring sternly from a crevice in the woodpile  (old plywood in this case), or else basking in sunlight on a rock outcropping. But there are native sedums on the rocks, and little fringes of twinflower above them…

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~ by theresakishkan on May 11, 2012.

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