Old Habits Die Hard

The secret of training, as many top athletes have said, is not dedication or motivation,, but habit. You don’r drag yourself into a November night because you are dedicated or motivated; you do it because you have established a habit.

At the moment I cannot help myself and have sat down at the blog to write. I will not, however, post it until Sunday.

I can’t really complain, because when I started the blog I did it partly to practice writing and establish a writing habit. I think I have succeeded in that ambition. The other part of the plan, to promote the Quercus Community group, did not go quite so well.

“C’est la vie”, as Chuck Berry said, it goes to show you never can tell.

On my return from work, I found the lighting subdued, the temperature cool and the air still. There were three bumblebees on the teasel in the front garden and, with it being cool and still, they were more inclined to pose for me than they had been last night. I was able to use both hands on the camera and work close to the bees without them taking flight.

I can’t see myself having to attend any awards ceremonies in the near future, but at least it’s progress. Looking on the bright side, if you don’t get prizes, you don’t need to polish them. One thing I do need to improve on, as the photos show, is learning which end is which. I would not like to be known to posterity as the man who took pictures of bumblebee’s bottoms.


Despite what I said, I just pressed the button automatically and posted on Saturday night.Old habits, as I have already said, really do die hard.

13 thoughts on “Old Habits Die Hard

  1. charliecountryboy

    I don’t think you can see the front of a Bumblebee unless it’s flying can you? I can’t remember if I ever have. And I guess a close up of one flying towards you could be I tinsy bit dangerous, great photos anyway.
    I can’t help but associate the Chuck Berry song with Pulp Fiction lol.

    1. quercuscommunity

      They often have their head in a flower, which makes things tricky for photography. They are, to be fair, quite amiable. You may be confusing them with tigers, which are black and yellow too, but definitely dangerous..

  2. arlingwoman

    I like the bee close ups. Their transparent wings always amaze me, as well as the fact they seem to be the furry little bears of the insect world.


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