It’s hard to deliberately catch a bee in flight, so I’m not going to pretend this photo is much more than a result of happy chance. I did see a bumble bee working this patch of clover and I pointed the camera at it. But between the pointing and the focusing I lost the bumble. I didn’t find the regular bee till I was looking through the day’s photos on a computer screen.
I suppose this photo could have been snapped anywhere, but I actually took it in the park at Färjenäs on Hisingen in Gothenburg.
Färjenäs means “ferry head” – the headland where the ferry sails from. There’s still a ferry quay here, though one wonders for how long. This area was once a suburban garden district, indeed, my father-in-law was born here. First the expanding port of Gothenburg stole land away on one side. Then the demands of the new bridge – Gothenburg’s Golden Gate – called for the demolition of houses on the other. The bridge it was that put an end to the ferry’s raison d’être.)
Things have swung back. The failure of Sweden’s shipbuilding industry lead the city to invest in new technology industries and new housing estates. They’ve tidied up the park now and families with children walk here and play where, for a time, junkies used to to barbecue and shoot up.
May your summer be spent in clover!
Can’t see the bee? Look at the detail crop below.