Prickly Pear Cactus Flowers and Bumblebees

DSC02528 DSC02529 DSC02530 DSC02531 DSC02532The prickly pear cacti in my yard are flowering. I placed water near the blooms to capture their essence and managed to capture a bumblebee in the water as well. Starting over, I noticed some more cactus blooms that were a brilliant yellow. I went to take pictures of them and found bumblebees in almost all of the blooms.

Here’s what some flower essence people have to say about Prickly Pear Cactus flower essence:

Desert Alchemy:

  • accessing the great strength that comes from surrendering to the flow of life and life’s events;
  • adaptability;
  • inner calm through surrender to what IS;
  • remaining committed to what you know is right;

Turning now to the Bumblebee, the bumblebee lifts its big body into the air with wings that are comparatively small for its body size. It’s adopted a brute-force approach, flapping its left and right wings independently 130 times or more per second and using large flight muscles that take up most of its midsection. It relies on the regular doses of energy-rich nectar it acquires while pollinating plants.

Ted Andrews in Animal Speak  says that bees are long-time symbols for accomplishing the impossible. As pollinators and makers of honey, bees remind us that no matter how great the dream, there is the honey sweet promise of fulfillment if we pursue it.

This all syncs nicely with Prickly Pear Cactus flower essence: it speaks to thriving when the odds seem impossible and achieving our dreams when we embrace our uniqueness and let go of all that is holding us back. It’s time to take flight!

About ruthelsesser

I've been on the planet for over 7 decades and life is good. I am a retired educator. I've lived in Arizona since the mid-eighties and enjoy all the beauty that surrounds me on a daily basis.
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5 Responses to Prickly Pear Cactus Flowers and Bumblebees

  1. wenzowsa says:

    I really loved these photos. The colours are vibrant, and are full of life. I also really liked the discussion on both the essence and the totem creature. To be honest, I had never really before considered what bees could symbolize!

  2. ruthelsesser says:

    Thanks–I appreciate your comments!

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  4. Hello, The images are lovely but I am pretty sure those are not bumble bees (Bombus species). More likely leaf-cutter or mason bees (family Megachilidae) which are great pollinators.

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