Alpine Life Revisited: Bombus

IMG_2944Within ten meters of the summit of the 11,000 foot peak, I took a long pause to watch a bumblebee working over a patch of moss campion. I am not a peak bagger but I do climb some mountains. I make my way to the high places for what is there, and to just be in the alpine, a place all its own.

The burly Bombus (the bee’s genus, and what a wonderful name), buzzed its way across the pink mat. A pika bleated nearby. The peak lay ahead – but that wasn’t the goal. I was immersed in what I had come to find.

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