for this weeks dc our lovely host Tammie has choosen the very spring
appropriate theme "POLLINATORS".
|digital collage by barbara böttcher|
For this theme I've choosen butterflies simply because I think they're
very appealing pollinators. So made this digital collage and I think I
should take this as model for larger painting...?
With my blog and shop name some bees may not be missed
Albert Einstein once said:
"If the bee disappears once from the earth,
man has to live only four years.
No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants,
no more animals, no more man. "
What happens if a natural pollinator is missing can be seen on the
vanilla cultivation. Vanilla came originally from Mexico where
Hummingbirds and long proboscis insects pollinate the flowers.
As they started to cultivate vanilla plants in Madagaskar and Rèunion
they discovered that they didn't have natural pollinators and as a result
no fruits. As it was not possible to naturalize those pollinators they
pollinate every single flower by hand. These orchid flowers of the
vanilla bloom only for a few hours and have to be pollinated instantly.
This is the reason vanille is the 2nd most expensive "spice" in the world.
So, if we don't want to pollinate in near future all plants by hand
we should consider next time when being annoyed by an insect
or hysterical and wildly waving hands beat after some bees
that they're are our friend and very important for us human beings!
For all other participants of this drawing challenge please don't miss
to go Tammies blog here
Wish you a nice weekend!
barbara (busy) bee