We have family friends that refer to James as Turtle Boy. Seven summers ago when I returned to my hometown after a summer spent
working falling in love on Jekyll Island, Georgia, I made an entire roomful of people watch a slideshow of images I’d snapped over the summer. There was so much to share: live oaks dripping in spanish moss, the Rockefeller mansion I’d been helping to restore, the baby sea turtles James was busy saving. But mostly there were pictures of James and those blue eyes. It’s mortifying to think about subjecting my family and friends to my personal ode to summer love, but I’ll chalk it up to being 22 and head over heels.
James isn’t doing work with sea turtles at the moment, and in the lab where he works now he’s recently turned his attention to honey bees. In a change that echoes the changing size of our apartments, he’s swapped charismatic megafauna for charismatic microfauna.
I’m usually too busy hogging the camera for James to get a chance to take any snaps, but this past weekend there was the sea and sand to distract me, so James had a chance to get up close and personal with his new favorite subject: pollinators.
I dare you not to coo at these fuzzy bees and butterflies.
Photos by James Casey.
gorgeous photos! they really capture the beauty of nature all around us! xo
Is it wierd to tell you that my love spent his summers at college studying snapping turtles in Upstate NY? We must have good taste!
Such beautiful photos!
gorgeous pictures! I love pollinators and know how hard it is to get sharp pictures of them. great job!
Passing along the kudos to James!
What beautiful photos! I recently took a trip to a nearby lavender farm and got to see these pollinators at work. They're such amazing little insects!
Sounds like a lovely place to visit!
Have you ever written about your love story with James! I've put together bits and pieces, but it might be a fun, sweet story to share one day! 😉
On the to-do list!
sweet story about your summer love 🙂 i've wondered how you two met. thank you for sharing!
I love your posts. They are both whimsical and thoughtful all at the same time. I'd love to hear James' thoughts on colony collapse disorder (in layman's terms, of course!) What fascinating work. Thank you for sharing glimpses of your life with us!
Oh goodness! Yes, fascinating. Much of the work in the lab is focusing on determining bees' susceptibility to bacterial infections via feeding and drinking…much to learn!
I love these photos! I am a beekeeper on St. Simons Island right next door the Jekyll. I also love the dreamy moss and oak trees that fill these islands…
Oh my goodness! So many happy memories of that place! Hoping we can get back soon.
Beautiful photos. So much beauty in nature. Thanks for celebrating Her. I am writing a post on the importance of protecting bees and would love to include one of your pics. Cheers! 🙂
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