Of Honeybees and Sunflowers 1/11/14

Flashback 2012 – This is a bird’s nest in my neighbor’s parking strip tree. I don’t know what kind of bird, maybe a robin? Wednesday, January 11

January 11, 2012 signatureFlashback 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars one of the lamps on my street with a snow hat This was taken early this morning and I think since then we have gotten at least another foot of snow. Hubby said it reminded him of something and I told him it reminded me of Narnia.  He then said, “That’s it!” Friday, January 11th

January 11, 2013 signatureToday, Saturday, 2014, we’ve had wind that is helping to keep the skies here clear of pollution and the temperatures were warmer, melting some of the snow.  This has allowed the honeybees to come out and do their housekeeping business.  They come outside of the hive this time of year to poop and bring out dead bees.  That yellow stuff is poop and they had been holding in a lot because of the cold temperatures  They defecate outside of the hive and remove dead bees to maintain good hygiene.

1:11:14 bees signatureLooking for artistic opportunities around the hive I spied these sunflowers.  1:11:14 sunflower maple v signature 1:11:14 sunflower signature1:11:14 sunflower 1 signature1:11:14 nice sunflower signature I had lots of sunflowers in the back yard for the bees and the birds have stripped them of their seeds.  I leave the stalks up until well into the spring because they may be hosting native bees hibernating for the winter.

This is the time of year when the seed catalogs come in the mail and we dream of our summer planting.  What kind of sunflowers will be planted this year?

“Ah, Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime,
Where the traveller’s journal done;
Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!”
~William Blake

Namaste ~ Raven

Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!


One thought on “Of Honeybees and Sunflowers 1/11/14

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