Golden Opportunity! Limited Time Offer!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016,

No, I’m not trying to sell you anything. Honest.

However, this is a golden opportunity with a limited time availability. Do you guys know that big, beautiful Cedar Tree (it might be a Juniper) that is in the upper farm fields, South-West across Shep Jones Lane from the Barn? A couple years back there was a working hive inside the tree complete with a sign warning folks to be careful near the tree. Well, the tree has been re-colonized and if you time it just right you can get a glimpse of a beautiful sight. Truly golden.

20161026095225-5x7wtThis morning, the show started just before 10 AM. It’s not an instantaneous thing – in fact the window of opportunity lasts just over an hour – but it is a limited time sort of thing. Too soon or too late and you’ll miss it. Also, you need a cloudless or partly cloudy sky. There’s no show without direct sunlight. Trust me, I checked. Even the shadow of the nearby branches can block it. You’ll see the honeybees but not the gold and the gold is the reason check out this sight. It’s worth the trip. I think it’s magical, and when you see it, I think you’ll agree.


 This is a shot of one of the honeybees at the edge of the hole in the tree that houses the honeycomb. That golden orb beyond this bee is the honeycomb, just out of focus. This thing is beautiful even when it’s blurry. It truly is a sight to see. Don’t miss it. JK.

The Pollinator

Friday, June 6, 2008

There are places along the river that are hidden from view unless you know to look for them. I like to visit these spots from time to time to see what I can see. Sometimes I’ll duck into a stream or hidden pond and just have a snack and read awhile without anyone seeing how lazy I can be. I was doing just that this past Sunday when I was lucky enough to catch this guy at work. I was luckier still to get a couple of shots in focus. I’m not sure what the flowers are but they look like a photo of Multiflora Rose that I found in the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, which would make it an invasive species. What I can tell you for certain is that they smelled terrific. JK