Micro Living

September 4, 2015woodlandsunflower2015

I see things differently now, what I once saw as a patch of pretty flowers in times past, I must confess, I would have cut them down while I mowed along the fence lines. Yes I saw them and they were pretty but “Hurry, hurry we must complete the task.”   Now, it is stop, are there any honey bees that I can photograph, no, but look at all those other bees and wasps working at such a frenzied pace. This world is not my own.

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Stop for a moment, Look close at the tiny little bee on the bloom of a Lemon Queen Sunflower. Yes look close where once I did not see, now I am just amazed.

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As I live and work on the farm my camera is always ready for an attempt at that special shot. I am never quite sure what I have on the camera until I down load the pictures and then with delight, relive the experience of observing the world around me.

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Honey bee on buckwheat, she pauses at each bloom only for an instant and then it’s off to the next.

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The wind changes, storm clouds roll in (yes you are in Georgia) and the golden little world, that only a few minutes ago, seemed so alive, now seems in jeopardy of being undone……Look close, remember the flowers will fade, the grass will weather however that which has begun a good work will carry on…..

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Yes hurry, hurry complete the task, change is coming and we too must keep that frenzied pace, but if only for a moment, stop, and take time to look and consider what’s around you before you miss it.

I feel so blessed that I see things differently now.

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Consider, the Bee

Consider the bee

Today we participated in Haralson County Farm Day, an annual event for the 3rd grades from Bremen, Buchanan and Tallapoosa.

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We had 5 minutes to explain the importance of pollination and beekeeping to approximately 30 groups of 10 students each.

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The children were very well behaved and very inquisitive. It was a long day but well worth the effort.

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August 17, 2015 Nine PM EDT , It Is Already Dark Outside

 

The shorting of days reminds us that seasons are changing and we better be getting ready.

Earlier today I went around the farm taking some pictures

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Old folk lore says that when the goldenrod begins to bloom it is only six more weeks until the first frost.

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I really like this picture from a beekeepers perspective as the golden rod which one of the last pollen and nectar sources of the year for the honey bees, in the West Georgia area. What is special is that the goldenrod is blooming in front of alder bushes, one of the earliest pollen and nectar sources for the bees. The ironweed is hard to see in this picture but I like its regal purple bloom as I think of the royalty of the queen bee.

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Long Live the Queen!!

The Ol’ thermometer on the side of the shed showed 64 degrees F this morning.

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However, the day warmed nicely and the bees did not waste moment, do they ever, bring in pollen and nectar.

08-17-2015 A cool drink of water

My last stop of the day was by a small stream crossing where the bees make a habit of loading up on water. For a moment I envisioned myself as their size and had a Jurassic park experience.

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I feel blessed, as hardly a day passes that something in Nature doesn’t grab hold of me, it shakes me and gives me that feeling of wowed amazement…….

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This picture was taken in late June the primary nectar flow had ended in May and the bees were making the best of what they had to work with. Seasons change and the bees adapt, perhaps we can learn from the little winged workers as we observe the wonderful world around us.

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Chapter 7

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I have worked with the chickens and I worked with the bees, mowed the grass and now it time for me! Studying in preparation for Certified Beekeeper exam latter this month.  The following is an excerpt from “First Lessons Beekeeping” by Keith Delaplane……Chapter Seven Off-Season Management. (For educational purposes only)

“But long er Virgo weaves the robe of sleet,

Or binds the hoar-frost sandals round her feet,

Close seal’d and sacred, leave your toil-worn hosts,

The last kind dole of their waning season boasts….

                                                                                        Evans, in Vevan, The Honeybee

Two of the objectives of the honey bee is to store honey and survive winter. The fall of the year is the time when the beekeeper can help them do so, in fact it is his obligation.

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Let’s Hope All Goes Well

It is an unusual event, actually I haven’t heard of it happening before, but I captured a huge swarm over a two day period and placed it in two nuc boxes.  After a week I found the queen in the first box and she was busy laying dozens and dozens of eggs.  This meant the other hive was queenless, in a queenless hive you really like for the bees to make their own queen by introducing fresh eggs and larva from a strong hive,but after a couple of efforts that failed I purchased a new queen. She arrives in a little plastic cage that you hang from a frame in the hive. She is kept in the cage by a plug of queen candy which takes about 3 days for the bees to eat through thus releasing her. If all goes well the bees in the hive will have become accustomed to the new queens pheromones and accept her. If not they kill her…..lets hope all goes well……

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Happy Mothers Day

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Today I would be amiss if I did not pay a tribute to my beautiful bride, my soulmate, the reason I live, the one who gave birth to our wonderful daughter and has brought me into her family that is so precious.  I wish my parents could see the wonderful little helpmate that she is….My Precious Jan…..you give her something with wheels on and she can drive it….and she still can kick up the dust when she has a mind to do so

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The Gold Standard

I was asked to give a presentation to the 4th, 5th and 6th grade Science Club, Carrollton Middle School, Carrollton, GA on the importance of pollinators and to focus on native pollinators as well.  There were about 40 to 50 children in that group but because of a sudden downpour of rain another group joined us in the school’s cafeteria bring to the total to well above a hundred children.

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Arriving almost an hour early the banner in the background, “We Are Gold Standard” at first intimidated me and then challenged me to be at the top of my game.

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The children were very well behaved and participated marvelously.  The professional manner which the teachers demonstrated was a fine example of the Gold Standard.

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Using a personalized, age appropriate, slideshow provided by the local NRCS office the presentation was quite effective.

Take CareWhat Can We Do

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Quite often as a child I heard the words from my mother, “You know better than that, well, honestly, I have found when I “Know better,” I usually do better!

David Robertson

The Robertson Farm

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