Native Bee and Skipper 6/3/17

This morning was beautiful.  It got hot, though not bad, later in the afternoon.  I was able to get the little native bee that protects the milkweed.  These are a megachiles (leafcutting) type of bee and chase other insects away as well as grapple with honeybees to try and drive them off of their beloved milkweed.  The skipper is a different type than yesterday’s.
hi, little skipper
do you love scabiosa,
the purple flower?
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Bee and Butterfly Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

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Skipper, Milkweed Bug, and Native Bee 6/2/17

Today has been sunny and pleasant.  Today I have a native bee (with an ant looking on), a milkweed bug, and a skipper.  I still await the appearance of my beloved milkweed beetles.
little insect friends
I’m curious about you
where you come and go
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
look who’s visiting
bees, beetles, and butterflies
it’s a sunny day
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Butterfly and Bee Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Crane Fly and Native Bee 5/31

The sunny day allowed me to get this big crane fly and a cute native bee.  I often see this type of bee on milkweed.
sitting in the sun
a crane fly and native bee
in the sweet clover
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Bee Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven  

Purple Perspective 5-20-17

A beautiful sunny today. The pollinators were out and a I had lovely chance to photograph the flowers.  The above photo shows us a little perspective.  I hope you like the pretty purple iris.

buds are prominent
then recede to deep purple
a nice May iris
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
the sage and the bee
come together sweet blossoms
May pollination
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
a rolly polly
pillbug tours the leaves and ground
sometime called sowbug
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
beefriending iris
buzzing around and looking
bee has adventure
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Bee Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

Pollen for Grace 2/18/15

“Until it seems that the whole city (Venice/Venus)
will be covered with golden pollen shaken
from the bell towers, lilies plundered
with the weight of massive bees …”
~ H. D.
2:18:15 pollen butt sig 2:18:15 grace hive sig
Flashback – Saturday, February 18, 2012 – Here are two female sparrows on an aspen.
February 18, 2012 sigFlashback – Monday, February 18, 2013 – I love this photo looking out in the Great Salt Lake. I think that this is Antelope Island, the farther shore.
Februay 18, 2013 sigFlashback – Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – The ducks have started their courtship and mating behavior at the pond 🙂
February 18, 2014Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – A long time neighbor just sold his house. He is a professional photographer, horseman, beekeeper and all around nice person.  I had a very surprising experience a couple of days before he had to be gone when I asked when he was moving his bees.  He explained to me that a friend of his had taken most of his empty boxes but that his thriving hive was not welcome by the new owners of the property and that he was afraid that the bees would die if moved to his new house.  He wondered if I’d give them a home.  I asked when they needed to be moved and he said a couple of days.

Wowza!  I must give a big thank you to my hubby and son for scrambling to get them moved in time.  Last summer, my intuition was to leave all honey for YoMama Hive and my neighbor did the same for this one.  His hive has four deep boxes, so you can imagine how heavy they were.  I guess there were some tense moments when, despite heavy straps, the boxes started separating as they were trundled down the street and into my backyard and across bumpy places!  They’re here now and it looks like the ladies have settled in. I have named them Grace Hive 🙂  These ladies are Carniolans and have already been bringing in pollen!  The Italians of YoMama Hive have been pollen laden, too.
2:18:15 in sig2:18:15 two out fr sig 2:18:15 p two flying sig “Words were her plague and words were her redemption.”
~ H. D.
2:18:15 face to face sig 2:18:15 peeker 1 sig 2:18:15 pollen sig“would you like my bees
you’ll need to move them quickly
so Grace came to me”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
2:18:15 resting with pollen sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Hazel Pollen 2/6/15

2:6:15 gather sig“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one mind to another mind.”
~ James Russell Lowell
Flashback – Monday, February 6, 2012 – Dakota’s eyes widen in this photo through the storm glass. He’s surprised to see me spying on him.
January 6, 2012 sigFlashback – Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – This is my neighbor’s yard Buddha in the snow.
February 6, 2013 sigFlashback – Thursday, February 6, 2014 – It’s always glorious seeing the swirling of the starlings (and magpies, too, when that is happening) 🙂
January 6, 2014Friday, February 6, 2015 – The hazel catkins have unfurled and are full of pollen.  Rain is expected and the wind has been blowing.  The temperatures have been mild enough that, despite the wind, some of the ladies have been out gathering the hazel pollen.  Honeybees gather pollen for the baby bees.  Hazel and other wind pollinated plants offer valuable protein for the young and growing next generation of bees.
2:6:15 catkins sig 2:6:15 dangling sig 2:6:15 c illum a sig“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees…”
~ Leo Tolstoy
2:6:15 catkins blown sig 2:6:15 hb gather sig 2:6:15 c int sig“flying in the wind
little sister gathers food
from the hazel tree”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
2:6:15 hb flying sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Sunrise, Moonset, and Bees 2/5/15

2:5:15 sunrise sig“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
~ Buckminster Fuller

Flashback – Sunday, February 5, 2015 – A fallen hawthorn berry next to some lichen (the green bit in the lower left).
February 5, 2012 sigFlashback – Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – I love this pretty lichen that grows on a neighborhood tree.
February 5, 2013 sigFlashback – Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – I was happy to get this dawn photo of a magpie (magpies are shy when the camera comes out) 🙂
February 5, 2014Thursday, February 5, 2015 – We had a beautiful sunrise today and another exceptionally mild day for early February.  The ladies were again able to get out for drinks and cleaning.
2:5:15 trees sig 2:5:15 moon sig 2:5:15 later sig“sunrise and moonset
mild winter morning for bees
in February”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

2:5:15 hb hb sp sig 2:5:15 three bees sig 2:5:15 wings sig“Change is the end result of all true learning.”
~ Leo Buscaglia
2:5:15 nice hb sp sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven