In the sleepy town of Perast, Montenegro, we were drawn to a canopy of wisteria, intoxicated by its delicate perfume and enchanting, lavender hue. The symphony of hundreds of bees at work enhanced the moment.
I’ve never seen anything quite like this wisteria ‘forest’ with its mature twisted trunks. We stood underneath Mother Nature’s lavender-colored ceiling for several moments, capturing the silhouette of this fellow as he prepared to land on an elegant bunch of blooms.
I can only imagine how heavenly the honey must taste in Perast!
Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene.
A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia.
Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.
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12 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: The Flight of a Bumble Bee – Perast, Montenegro”
Wisteria is one of the most beautiful of all the Spring flowering plants and luckily it flourishes here in Australia. You captured a lovely shot with the bee busily going about his work.
Carol, and it comes in such a beautiful range of colors. I’m amazed that it can grow to such an old age.
Great shot! The flowers are such a beautiful color.
Thanks, Jessica. If only I could’ve captured the wisteria’s aroma. It lured us in from about a block away.
Loved the color
I’ve seen some great images from Japan’s ‘wisteria tunnel.’ It seems it comes in many more colors! http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wisteria-tunnel-kawachi-fuji-gardens
Now, factor in the wisteria’s light perfume, and the gentle buzzing of the bees, and you can imagine how stunning the moment was. :)
It’s nice to take the time to enjoy these simple pleasures of nature when they present themselves.
Gerard, well said. I loved just listening to the bees at work. There was a meditative air about the setting.
Lovely. Reminds me I need to plant one – ours died last year!
In our future yard, I’d love to have one too. What color was yours?