This week so far on the East has me thinking of the ocean a lot. My home away from home. It is vast and at some times it can be a very social place. But my first thoughts, most intimate memories, and reflective moments are of days like this...as a place of humbling solitude. As you approach, what is before you is shrouded in fog. You can hear it breathing...the rhythmic resonance of the tide. The air is heavy on your skin but refreshing in your lungs. Walking forward seems to reveal just a little more of the picture, but where you just came from has been consumed. The energy in this sandy bubble alone is incredible, but when you enter the water is when the real connection is made. The source of the sound is salty. It's temperature is.. ..invigorating! Bobbing like a cork in billions of gallons of water at the whim of the sea..
..release.. Trusting it all to the universe..
It's crazy to think that just 400 years ago, there where no honey bees in North America. Most people don't know that large, colony forming bees (genus Apis) are not native. NY and the rest of the americas have their own bees. They're usually smaller, living solitary lives pollinating native plants they have coevolved with. I found this ground dwelling one today and have identified it as Colletes inaequalis. It's a common species of plaster bee that builds small cells underground that are lined with a polyester secretion, so it makes sense that its common name is the polyester bee. #nativebees#colletes#bee#bees#entomology#pollinators#biology#ecology#bugs#nature#nikonphotography#naturephotography#macro#macrophotography