A Glimpse of Spring.

Ahh… Spring temperatures hit the 60′s today. The first time this year when I feel it’s officially Spring time. This day, I spent the daylight moments outside doing pre-mosquito season work. Any activity standing still for more than 5 minutes or any movement slower than a mosquito’s flight speed (1-1.5 miles per hour) was done today. Examples include, but not limit to: reading a book, cleaning out garden beds, sitting on the grass having a lunch, playing with the dogs, and raking the lawn.

By mid-afternoon, I grabbed my camera to focus in on the Crocus flowers.  They are the only thing in bloom in my gardens right now.  And, to my enjoyment, I was able to capture not only the vibrant colors of the Crocuses, but a bee hard at work.  Look at the amount of pollen covering it and it still continued to work!  I’m so thankful to have been there at the right time.  It was a perfect end to a day at home.

Enjoy!

WorkingBee2

WorkingBee

Sting of Winter

Have you ever seen a bee hive on the side of the road that was built with just one single branch as the main support to the bee colony?  I am unsure of the longevity of this bee hive as it sways back and forth in the wind on this agile, weak branch and is continously tested for weight tolerance.

Bee Hive

 

Yes, I’m crazy to be so close knowing the bees are active and this structurally weak branch is keeping bees from flocking towards human flesh to sting – just once (but by many participants).   I can’t imagine this bee hive surviving the harsh winters of New England.  The hive is just over 8 feet off the ground and about 4 feet off the road.  I am certain the town of Greenfield will take the colony down with the first swipe of a snow blade (that is if the increasing weight of the bee colony doesn’t max out the branch’s tolerance level).

All this hard work will be short lived.