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The Art of BEEing: Wrapping up winter

It’s still January and less than a week ago we had an unusual snow, but the signs are starting to build that the brief desert winter is beginning to reach it’s end. Hardy desert wildflowers have begun to green up … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing: picky eaters

Given the lack of “natural” forage in the desert since the end of the spring wildflower bloom (aside from a very brief rebloom after a surprise inch of rain fell in early autumn), I’ve been having to feed since early … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing: Unconventional forage

With cooler weather finally settling in to the desert, many plants and animals are breaking their summer dormancy and giving the bees a bit more to forage upon.  These bees seem to be enjoying the opportunity provided by a bird-pecked … Continue reading

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The Art of Beeing: Reveling in the harvest

It sometimes takes distance to gain perspective. While away from the desert briefly to enjoy the harvest season at Rurikia, I have been pleased to enjoy watching scores of bees visiting the autumn wildflowers in the meadow there. At the … Continue reading

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Through the Camera: Portrait of a bee

When I took one of my shirts off the clothesline today I noticed a bee had chosen to make it it’s final landing place.  I had wanted to try focus stacking for a while, and this gave an excellent opportunity … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing: Escaping the summer

Last weekend was the first real break from the summer heat (which has come back in full force this week) and though the desert shrubs and wildflowers have yet to reappear, I decided it was time to have a look … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing: Long Live the Queen

Today I figured enough time had elapsed to go into the hive and see how the new queen introduction had gone. Part of me was prepared to find no sign of a queen and only a handful of bees, but … Continue reading

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