Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Soaking up the warmth


Well, the leaves are coming off the trees fast and furious, but we're about to have a mini heat-wave tomorrow, with the temperature reaching 20C. It's already warming up this afternoon.

The bee-phobic can stop here! :))

I found this little gal on our front porch. Not much for her to eat outside right now.




I have to crack open the hives tomorrow and take off the Apistan strips I used to treat for varroa mites this fall. I'm glad it will be warm, because that means more bees will be outside the hive. It's not so fun when the weather's bad and everyone is inside the hive and cranky!

I guess I won't be taking too many more macro bug shots until spring, but we'll see!



24 comments:

  1. lovely shots...I adore this time of year :)

    Cheers

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    1. I am sure you will find something to photograph nat!

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    2. I'm thinking dust mites, or whatever critters are living in the basement...

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    3. Monkey, I love the smell of autumn too!

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  2. We are getting nice warm weather her in south Sweden to this weekend :)
    Very beutiful macros on the little Bee

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    1. Thank you! Enjoy your warm weekend. :)

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  3. 20C? My housework can take running jump!
    Jane x

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    1. On Oct 18! Crazy, eh? I have to open up the beehives tomorrow and remove the mite treatment strips I have on !

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  4. I love your bee pictures. But I look forward to seeing the Ontario winter, whatever photos you take.

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    1. We'll see how much snow we get. :) Last year was abnormally mild, but we still had some white stuff!

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  5. Well, you might not have many bees to take photos of but after your heat wave you might have snow flakes and they could keep you out of trouble for a long time.

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    1. Hmmm, macros of snowflakes would be fun!!

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  6. You photograph the best Bee shots; up close and personal. Did you tell her that winter is coming:-D

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    1. I didn't have the heart! But in a couple of weeks, I'll be wrapping up her hive for winter!

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  7. It was over 95 here (not sure what would the C be)today! It was hot!

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    1. That's hot hot hot ! 35C. I actually understand Fahrenheit. Canada switched to metric when I was in grade 5, so I'm comfy with either system of measurement!

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  8. How many lady-bee-keepers can there be? No doubt you'll tell me 'LOTS'. We have had a VERY strong warm all-night wind here in S W France. And now I have to take the dogs out in it. I shall tie down my beret.

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    1. No, actually most beekeepers still seem to be men, and older ones at that!! All my beekeeping buddies are men older than me. :) There are a few women in our beekeeping association, but I think I can count them on one hand. I think that is changing somewhat, but around here not so much!!

      Hope the wind didn't damage anything there!

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  9. You really love them *smile*.

    Hugs

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    1. I do, it's true. Who knew I'd fall for an insect like this!!!

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  10. Ah well you've gotten so many great macros though

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    1. Maybe I'll stalk house spiders this winter!

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  11. First off, thanks to you and your blog, I'm coaching myself not to be such a wimp when it comes to bees. Long ago a bad experience caused me to develop almost a phobia of them and it's been a hard thing to conquer. Your photos of these little creatures really do paint them in a different light than the one I have always seen them in, so thank you for that. Second, I saw this yesterday and thought of you: It's called The Thinking Bee and it talks about how smart these little creatures really are: http://myscienceacademy.org/2012/10/18/3596/

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    1. Valerie, I don't blame you for being phobic if you had a bad excperience, but i'm really glad to hear you are working on it. It makes me really happy to think my photos are helping with that! Of course, I think I go overboard in the other direction, since anyone hanging around my garden will hear me talking sweetly to the bees! :)

      Thanks for the article link too! I loved it and I just marvel at their intelligence, and how the hive works as a whole.

      Thanks for the lovely comment! :)

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