Purple Azaleas, Lightning, and Bumblebees

When lightning struck one of my honey locust trees last September, it traveled down the trunk, dug a furrow through the turf to the water supply valve, and apparently followed the water line to the house.  On its way, it must have passed through the roots of one of my purple azalea bushes that grows near the water line.  Several branches on the shrub died.

dead azalea branch with azalea flowers in background

dead azalea branch with azalea flowers in background

You can see the curled, dead leaves and what would have been flower buds.  Some parts of the bush survived and you can see the flowers blooming on those branches in the background.

bumblebee in purple azalea

bumblebee in purple azalea

Bumblebees always visit these flowers although they don’t seem as interested in the other types of azaleas.

bumblebee in purple azalea

bumblebee in purple azalea

 

 

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3 Responses to Purple Azaleas, Lightning, and Bumblebees

  1. Pretty incredible how lightening affected some of the tree but not all of it. Love those bumblebee pics! Beautiful 🙂

    • Yes, of course I’m assuming the lightning went through the roots, but maybe some current branched off and went in the top of the azalea. The dead branches seem to be distributed rather randomly though, and the highest branches weren’t affected. As for the bumblebees, taking photos of insects is one of my favorite hobbies. Bees can be pretty tolerant, and very focused on their job, but sometimes they tell me to buzz off.

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