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A mass of monarda

Bees in the bee balm
A big ol' bee lurks in the monarda.
A big ol’ bee lurks in the monarda.

I counted at least 3 kinds of bees in the bee balm patch. My goodness tho. They will not hold still for a photo.

After last years collapse, even though we don’t have the bees we used to have. It is nice to see a recovery in progress.

Save Our Raptors

Save our Raptors: Please don’t poison

I think we all enjoy the return of golden eagles. What delight in the swooping hawk and thrill hearing the hoot of an owl in darkest night.

Save our Raptors. Don't poison critters.
Save our Raptors. Don’t poison critters. (Higher resolution version below).

Yet, scavenged poisoned critters are causing 2/3s of all raptor deaths says a recent study.

So please, protect your garden, but don’t poison.

Did you know golden eagles were making a comback?

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BBC Nature essay

One wondeful read

While this blog is about my experiences with life and nature this essay Back to Nature by George Monbiot on the bbc website sees the world that I see. Speaks with lovely words and pictures. Reminds us that rebirth is not just possible, but that we can all contribute.

Just a reminder to myself, after a fall of activity, stop and smell the flowers.
Just a reminder to myself, after a fall of activity, stop and smell the flowers.

It’s a true testament to the humanity that lives within all of us. A wonderful read.

Cheers, Creeky

Bee buzz

Portrait of a bee traveling through time
The bee flies through time and space gathering, exploring, seeking.
The bee flies through time and space gathering, exploring, seeking.
This is my totem, calling to all bees

You see there was a distinct and slightly terrifying lack of bees in my area this year. My locust trees flowered, an event that normally attracts so many bees, standing next to the trees you have to shout to be heard over the roar.

A neighbor has one of those apple trees that fruits tastier and sweeter apples than others. He claims there were lots of flowers but no bees. There is no fruit.

So my painting/drawing is calling all bees. I hope you come back. We miss you.

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Bee, beebalm, hummingbird humbug

Hummingbird humbug

I was awake early one morning this summer and when I got up there was a heavy fog on the ground even though the sun was quite bright. As I walked past the flower bed I was entertained by a busy scene of bees and a male ruby throated hummingbird feeding at the bee balm patch.

This is my attempt at capturing the moment.

The drawing of the red bee balm just beat me up. Wow. Who would have thought a flower could be so hard to draw. I will come back to it ... later.
The drawing of the red bee balm just beat me up. Wow. Who would have thought a flower could be so hard to draw. I will come back to it … later.

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