Roll me over in the clover


Bee on red clover

Massive clumps of red clover on Arkansas roadsides are temping photo targets. In some cases, life and limb are at risk in capturing these images. Fortunately, these pictures came from safer environs.

In search of safer clover

My first clover shooting attempts this year came close to “run me over in the clover.” I stopped on the shoulder of I-530 right here in LA (lower Arkansas) to get a couple of quick shots. By the time I rounded the back of the truck to get into shooting position I was questioning my decision making process. Wherever those muthas were going, they were in a big hurry. I got my shots and made it back to the cab with all attachments in place and functioning by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin.

Road side clover

This clover is on US Highway 79 west of Fordyce, Arkansas, a substantially safer shooting environment than the suicidal interstate where I shot my first clover of the year.

I put the clover shot on Facebook and discovered that I am not alone in greatly admiring our prolific Arkansas roadside clover. With that discovery in hand, I set out to find roadside clover in a less suicidal environment. U.S. Highway 79 west of Fordyce, Arkansas was the ticket. It is a four lane thoroughfare with grassy medians populated with many clover clumps. It also has handy lane crossovers that clover seems to favor. So if on Saturday afternoon, April 19, 2014 you happened to be traveling US 79 in that vicinity and saw some fool crawling around in the median ditch, it was yours truly.

Bees on red clover

Click on the clover to see more clover at Corndancer dot-com

The rewards of ditch crawling were some decent images of clover,  some of which you are seeing here. You can see more of the clover pictures on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com. We are showing the wider shots there and the narrower ones, with bees here. Take a gander and we will wait here.

The bees were working the clover well which always makes for interesting closeups if you are willing to grovel in clover. Just in case you are not willing, I did it for you. The following images are yours without grass stains, back aches and shoulder stretches. Please enjoy them to the best of your ability.

Bee on red clover

Bee flying around red clover

 

Bee on red Clover

bee on red clover

Two bees on red clover

Thanks for looking. In this case, we let the bees and the flowers speak for themselves. There’s not much we can add to Mother Nature’s perfection. In this case, she received help from the Arkansas Department of Highways and Transportation. We are grateful to both.

highway clover in Arkansas

We would be remiss if we did not show the crimson blooms in their environment, a highway median. Complete with unsuspecting motorists who looked up and saw a camera protruding from a clump of clover. Wonder what they thought?

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

http://www.joedempseyphoto.com/
http://www.joedempseycommunications.com/
http://www.corndancer.com/joephoto/photohome.html

 

 

 

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  1. […] My love of going barefooted began as far back as I can remember. In fact, my feet are bare as I write this missive. One of the hazards of going barefooted was stepping on a cockleburr (our mispronunciation of the pest was “cucklebur”). This resident of the on-ramp is not a “cuckleburr,” but it looked enough like one to make my foot twinge. It is in all likelihood a clover head. […]

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