Last week on the other website I contribute to, I wrote an homage to November gratitude, wildlife gardening style. The post is essentially a soliloquy of beautiful moments I experienced over the summer of 2013 and my observations about the garden or ecological settings contributing to the beauty. One experience I forgot to mention is captured in the photo here of the NY native endangered flower species, Scutellaria integrifolia. “Helmet Scullcap” is a beautiful and obscure flower indigenous to New York state and tolerant of shade and wetland conditions. One day in late summer this year I was visiting a site where we’d planted some of this Scullcap last year and found a bumblebee in a deep pollen seeking trance. The bumblebee did not seem to notice my interloping proximity, he (she?) was so intent on visiting each lovely violet Scutellaria blossom and crawling in full body, like you would face first into a sleeping bag. I may have spent 15 minutes or more following the bee around, taking action shots. Apparently Scutellaria pollen or nectar is delicious! So, as other people fill their social network pages with sincere or contrived thoughts about gratitude, I concur that there’s much in this world to rejoice about. The fact that I find opportunity to be a part of the wild earth in quiet moments like with this drunken bumblebee is just unspeakably grand, and the only sane response is to have a grateful heart.