08 August 2011

Monday forest photo: August 8, 2011

10:30am 22C mostly cloudy 
I don't know if it shows in the picture, but there are starting to be some changes in the forest as we get into late summer. Some of the plants have turned brown after our very dry last few weeks and everything is just a little less lush. We did have lots of rain yesterday, but you'd barely know it this morning. 

It was interesting to see bees "bearding" outside the entrance to their hive in the cedar tree. Apparently, this cools the hive by getting some bees outside and their fanning draws warm air out.


  1. Bees are so cool...I remember riding on horseback through a cloud of migrating bees when I was a youngster...I was totally freaked out, but the horse hardly seemed to notice.
    Here's a link to a local lady trying to live a sustainable lifestyle (I got onto her blog 'coz she rides a bike as transport) who also happenes to be a chemical-free beekeeper - respect!

  2. Hey Paul - the more I find out about bees the more interesting they become. We are planning to have a couple of hives starting next year. I took a conventional beekeeping course a while back and got discouraged, but I have since discovered natural beekeeping and top bar hives and it seems to make a lot of sense.

    I already have The Duck Herder in my blog roll. I'm not sure how I found her, maybe you linked to something of hers on fb?

  3. You know a wild honeybee nest. Can I come and see them please?? I haven't had much of a chance to go into our forest lately. Soon!! Too much work in the garden and with our guests.

  4. Certainly you can come to see them! They're about 10 ft off the ground in a cedar tree, so people don't seem to bother them in the least. Things have settled down here rather dramatically, so any time!



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