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The Bee’s Knees

baby bee brown IMG_4365Had to share the good news that my grandson Otis arrived. His bee-keeping mother announced him to the world with this photograph, which, of course, totally thrilled his maternal grandmother. Regular Naturally Curious posts should resume soon!

74 responses

  1. carol stanley

    congratulation! so cute! as a beekeeper myself, this is so great! enjoy!

    May 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

  2. Cecelia Blair

    That is just what we need in the world–more bees! He looks like a very healthy boy and I wish you all the very best!

    May 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm

  3. Dean and Susan Greenberg

    Congratulations to all! Cute outfit! Dean and Susan

    May 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm

  4. Jennifer Waite

    Little Otis is a lucky boy!

    May 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

  5. Oh how wonderful!! congratulations!!!

    Ellen Rowan

    May 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  6. margaret

    A honey of a baby! Best wishes to all.

    May 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  7. mjd603

    Oh joy! Wishing you all the sweetness a new baby bring ❤

    May 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

  8. Pat


    May 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  9. Bee-utiful!

    May 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

  10. Don Clark

    Congratulations Mary!

    May 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm

  11. Rita Pitkin

    Exciting and so very cute. Congratulations!

    May 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

  12. Caroline Robbins

    Congratulations Mary. We are so pleased for you!

    Love the bees.


    Caroline and Ted Robbins

    May 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  13. Congratulations! What a joy!

    May 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

  14. So happy for you all! Love the name, love the hat, love the post! Love!

    May 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm

  15. shielaswett

    LOVE the photo! Congratulations, Mary! Bck to the garden… cheers, Shiela

    May 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  16. Jean

    Lucky boy. What wonderful days he has ahead with you.

    May 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm

  17. Kathie Fiveash

    Congratulations! He is beautiful!

    May 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

  18. Congratulations! 😀

    May 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

  19. Randall Perkins

    congratulations to ALL ! such wonderful news

    May 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm

  20. Frances Henry

    Unbelievably precious. Thank you for the picture of Otis.

    May 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

  21. Jean Harrison

    What a honey bee! Welcome to this world, Otis.

    May 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

  22. Super sweet honey-pie! Congrats Grandma!

    May 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

  23. NIna/Roy

    Congratulations, Mary! I, too, have a grandson named Otis and have had the greatest fun watching him grow up. He’s now a senior in college and calls himself, “O”.

    Hope you will be able also to watch​ his progress………..


    May 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

  24. Brenda Sloane

    Congratulations!  Enjoy grandmotherhood; it’s fabulous.  Sincerely,  BBS (Brenda Sloane)

    May 27, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  25. Saskia Vanderhoop


    Saskia Vanderhoop

    May 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

  26. Bobbie Rausch


    May 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm

  27. jan gendreau

    Thanks for sharing. Otis is beautiful!

    May 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm

  28. Dianne and Ed

    Oh, Mary…………How precious……..Thank you for sharing your JOY with us. :-), Dianne

    May 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

  29. johannah Powell

    Awww so sweet what a honey!

    May 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

  30. Ellen Baucom

    Precious! Congrats!

    Ellen Baucom


    May 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  31. Brad Wheeler

    I’m so pleased for you, Mary! Little Otis is going to have so much fun exploring with Grandma. My first grandchild (Owen) was born last August and he’s already getting out mushroom hunting with Grandpa. There’s nothing better! All the best, Brad

    May 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  32. Roseanne Saalfield

    Mary how wonderful and congratulations to all. Otis is adorable and as a fellow beekeeper I appreciate the bee-themed outfit (and little hat). (This is the beginning of a long trend for Otis and Sadie, or should I see the ‘bee-ginning’. It took me a while to convince folks not to only and always get me bee-related gifts. Now that we are birding much more seriously the gift givers are all about birds…of course)

    He’s adorable and I know you are in love and having a great time. The smell of those little babies, how precious.

    may the gods of nature bless them all,

    best wishes Roseanne >

    May 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm

  33. Nina Toutant

    Congratulations! What a lucky baby. Nina Toutant

    Sent from my iPhone


    May 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

  34. Jean Bergstrom

    congratulations Mary! He looks like a keeper!

    May 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm

  35. Penny March

    Very happy for you and that all is well.

    May 27, 2015 at 4:37 pm

  36. Pat Shields

    Congratulations, Mary! From one grandma to another – it’s a world of joy!

    happy for you, Pat Shields

    May 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  37. Dianne Wright

    Congratulations, Mary ! Otis is so SO adorable; I love this picture!Dianne

    May 27, 2015 at 4:54 pm

  38. kathy mcgreavy


    May 27, 2015 at 5:46 pm




    May 27, 2015 at 5:48 pm


    Congratulations to all, especially to Grandma Bee.

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

    Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

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    May 27, 2015 at 6:15 pm

  41. ellen walter

    ooooh! so cute! congratulations 🙂

    May 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  42. Michael Robinson


    Otis is precious. Please give him a hug for me.


    May 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm

  43. Nicole Cormen

    Congratulations, Mary & all the bees!

    May 27, 2015 at 7:18 pm

  44. Suzanne Elusorr

    Dear Mary,

    He’s absolutely adorable – with or without the bee’s knees! (But you already knew that.)

    Enjoy every moment of being a grandmother!!


    May 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm

  45. Suzanne Lenz

    Congratulations! So very nice of you to share the event of one of nature’s most beautiful gifts with all of us!

    May 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm

  46. Rebecca Weil

    Wonderful picture and such good news. Enjoy!!

    May 27, 2015 at 8:19 pm

  47. Chas Carner

    Oh, Mary, what happy news! All blessings on your beautifully-growing family. Thank you for introducing Otis to all of us. Going forward, please remember that we’re now “naturally curious” about him, too(!)

    May 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm

  48. Donna Cote

    Welcome to the club! Little boys are wonderful, so much fun! Enjoy! He is a very lucky little boy!

    May 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  49. Otis is adorable and congratulations to all!

    May 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm

  50. Sonya Wulff


    May 27, 2015 at 10:04 pm

  51. Randi Filoon

    He’s so perfect! Congratulations Mary!❤️

    Sent from my iPad


    May 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm

  52. Dudley Carlson

    Bee-youtifully swaddled and perfectly capped! Joy to all of you in your new little one, and may he be as naturally curious as his grandmother!

    May 27, 2015 at 11:50 pm

  53. Nancy

    Congratulations on the birth of your grandson-what a gift. He is a handsome little fellow and will make his grandmother proud. Wishing you and your family much happiness,. Nancy LeMay

    May 28, 2015 at 6:41 am

  54. judilindsey

    Mary,  Adorable! Thanks for sharing! Judi 🙂

    May 28, 2015 at 7:15 am

  55. Oh please! Now congratulations are truely in order – I hope you will continue to send photos of Otis as he grows-

    May 28, 2015 at 8:01 am

  56. Alice Darlington

    Adorable! Congratulations to all!

    Sent from my iPad


    May 28, 2015 at 8:14 am

  57. Annie Hale

    Congratulations Mary.  And welcome to Otis! Annie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

  58. Susan Whitaker Capparelle

    Congratulations Mary. I will let my mother know the happy news too! Susan Whitaker Capparelle

    May 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

  59. Irma Graf


    May 28, 2015 at 11:13 am

  60. Congratulations on the new addition to the hive!!! What a cutie!

    May 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

  61. Betsy

    Congratulations Grammy! It’s a wonderful world indeed that you have entered ! He’s adorable!

    May 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  62. Sara Demont

    So very cute. Anxious to hear all about your special little grandson.

    Sent from my iPad


    May 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm

  63. Vera Mallary

    Welcome to this world dear Otis. I am sure it will be a better place with you in it.
    Vera and DeWitt

    May 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm

  64. Abby Burns

    Sent from my iPad


    May 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm

  65. Marian Boudreault

    OH CONGRATULATIONS to all of you. Mary grandhood is the best….so beautiful is Otis. He certainly is the bees knees. Such fun ahead for all of you. I know my grand girl just turned 13 months…and is a hoot and a holler and such fun. Bless you all.
    PS the hawks apparently did not return to this same area….disappointed but hope they are somewhere safe. Enjoy that bambino…, Marian Boudreault

    May 28, 2015 at 8:04 pm

  66. Elizabeth Christie

    congratulations!!!! Lucky, lucky lad to have YOU for a grandmother!

    May 29, 2015 at 9:21 am

  67. Kim Holzberger

    What a precious little bundle! Congratulations to you and your family!

    May 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  68. Genevieve Martin

    So sweet

    On Wed, May 27, 2015, at 02:15 PM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote: > Mary Holland posted: “Had to share the good news that my grandson Otis > arrived. His bee-keeping mother announced him to the world with this > photograph, which, of course, totally thrilled his maternal > grandmother. Regular Naturally Curious posts should resume soon!” >

    May 29, 2015 at 7:56 pm

  69. Judith Williams

    Thank you for sharing Otis’s adorable picture. Being a grandmother is terrific. I’m sharing your book Animal Mouths with my 6 year old grandson.

    May 29, 2015 at 9:59 pm

  70. Congratulations to the lucky family and doting Grandma. He is adorable and already dressed for his upcoming role in the natural world!

    May 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  71. On the day your grandson arrived my son announced his engagement. Happiness.

    May 31, 2015 at 9:25 pm

  72. Cordelia Merritt

    Just read the post. Congratulations to one and all – especially the relieved and delighted grandmother. Love Cordie

    June 1, 2015 at 9:59 am

  73. susan kjellberg

    “here we see a fine example of a new born Human baby! Notice the closed eyes and sweet little nose. Although Human Babies CAN open their eyes, much of their first few weeks are spent in a constant cycle of eating and sleeping, simultaneously emitting endearing little mewling noises designed to draw their caregivers near and continue to feed and snuggle them, thereby meeting all the needs of a newborn mammal.”

    June 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    • GREAT post! Couldn’t have done as well myself!

      June 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm

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