April Journal 2019

April 7th, 2019

Bees

I can’t get enough of them. I have a less-than premium site, so I can’t upload a video of the bees.  I should just upload them to my YouTube and then share. In fact. I think I’ll do that now.

Okay, it’s loading.  I noticed that on the iPhone, I can film in slow motion. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time because the bees move so quickly, I can’t see how they are exactly doing their work.  The slo-mo feature on the phone allows me to see this perfectly.

(Sorry, I have to digress. I’m out on the deck because it’s perfect outside…65 degrees and lovely.  I hear the water-like quaver of a bluebird.  He’s hanging out on one of the boxes that I attached to the blueberry-net post hoping to attract a girl.  This picture isn’t the box he’s hoping to move into with a Mrs. Bluebird, but one of three posts (black locust) that were installed to help me manage brambles and berries.  The bluebird boxes were purchased on Ebay…all four for under 50 dollars.  They’re made of cedar and built well. The fourth box is attached to the black locust that I keep pollarding.  It looks good!)wildloose bluebird box

Okay, back on point.  The bees.  The slow motion photography allows me to watch them haul their stores of pollen in up close.  It’s kind of a shit show when they arrive. It reminds me of an extremely busy, unorganized port of entry at some third world country.  Everyone is just single minded and driven.  Anything goes.  In the video, you can see bees crashing into each other head on, tumbling out of, and onto, the landing board, struggling to find the right scent or sight to get into the hive, and seemingly warn out with fatigue trying to get their pollen load home and into the hive.

It’s incredible to me how hard they have to work.  They have to figure out where the source is based on the instructions of another, fly towards the source (against wind, cold, predators, etc.), FIND the source, collect the pollen, carry the pollen around while they collect MORE pollen, then fly home after as much as an hour’s worth of carrying pollen around!  It’s no wonder that they fall to the landing board in complete exhaustion!

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