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Plant: American lotus (Nelumbo lutea) -- Native to Florida

Photos & Captions by Mark Renz

Every bee's dream...

Every bee's dream
is to live free
and die
in an exotic place
caked with pollen

Bee's-eye view

Seed pod

Pad passing (likely sprayed for control)

I was less colorful alive
but beautiful just the same
My passing was a sign
of your times
your needs
your sense of purpose
It is not my way to harbor resentment
I sacrifice myself
without voicing an opinion
or feeling cheated
of a few more hours
or perhaps days