Listen to the road

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Did you know...

That if bees become extinct due to our pesticide use, invading species and lack of natural hives (hollow trees) that within 4 years our crop harvest will fail and we'll face starvation as a planet? That Colony Collapse is one of the situations threatening the US bee population? A number of viruses, etc, are a real threat to bees.

That male bees do nothing but mate with the queen then die (all of the bees in this hive are female). Males don't gather nectar, build the hive or maintain it. The girls kick them out when it gets cold as the girls must
live off what they've gathered. No free riders!

That bees are very tidy creatures and remove all filth and dead bees from the hive. They're also 'house trained' and won't 'go' in the hive. The boy in the photo is smelling a piece of sweet smelling beeswax.

That bees have a special dance to show other bees where to find a good nectar source.

That honey bees can't reach the nectar in bees balm as the flower shape is too elongated. That sunflowers are the perfect source of nectar for bees?

When the hive becomes too crowded half the bees will 'swarm' and wait until a new home is found by scouts. If you see a swarm in your yard please don't kill them. They will be gone in several hours. If you need them gone sooner Google 'beekeepers' to find a LOCAL Guild and they'll come move the swarm to a new home.

This was one of my last programs for the library and I've become a bee lover! Maybe all the kids who saw this will remember how important bees are.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Halloween surprise...

Oh my...

Can it be?????
Oh my!!!
I quit my job! In an economy that says "old" people can't get jobs. Now let's see what happens next...(I'm sleeping better that's for sure!).

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Gift in My Garden

One last gift from the garden I noticed this morning. Morning glories, tilting toward the sun this cool autumn day. Arranged by mother nature, thank you.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The difference a smile makes

I thought this was finished. Then I realized it was frowning.
So I gave it a smile!