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Meridian Encounter. Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, and Apis mellifera, Honeybee, on Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom | by Rana Pipiens
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Meridian Encounter. Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, and Apis mellifera, Honeybee, on Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom

The Beautiful Day drew us to take a cruise down the Thames from Westminster to Greenwich. It seemed like a good day to jump back and forth between the Eastern and the Western Hemisphere at the Prime Meridian defined (officially since the International Meridian Conference held at Washington, DC, in 1884) from there.

That was fun...

Even nicer was a walk in the oldest Royal Park, dating from 1427 and enclosed as Greenwich Park since 1433.

It's wonderfully landscaped and there are fabulous views across the River to the the cities of London and Westminster. Especially colorful are the Summer Gardens.

Here's the very heart of Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower. It was introduced to Europe from North America in the eightenth and especially the nineteenth century. The particular bed of this specific flower was just within the western hemisphere, but similar ones with blossoms as prolific bloomed across the Meridian in the eastern hemisphere a short walk away.

Here are Bumblebee and Honeybee each on a flowery hemisphere of their own...

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Taken on August 2, 2013