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The story of the honey bees

I live in my own little world

I can definitively tell you that honey bees don’t like garlic. Around 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29, I spread some garlic powder around the north pond where the honey bees have been congregating to quench their thirsty little bodies. I specifically put the garlic powder out before the honey bees arrived because the smell will drive them away whereas getting the powder directly on them will kill them.

Honey beesYesterday the bee congregation at the north pond was about half what it was the day before while there was a noticeable bee congregation at the new Wildlife Corner pond. Today, I only saw three honey bees at the north pond. I caught their conversation:

PondJim (first honey bee): “Wow! Where is everyone, Andrew?”

Andrew (second honey bee): “I don’t know, Jim. I just got here myself.”

Jim: “What’s that awful smell?”

Andrew: “I think it’s garlic.”

Jim: “Oh, no! Is everyone dead, then?”

Andrew: “I don’t think so. I saw Matt just a couple of hours ago over in La Mesa.”

Brian (new arrival): “Jim! Andrew! Don’t go near the water. There’s garlic on the beaches!”

Pond in Wildlife CornerAndrew: “We know! But where is everyone?”

Brian: “We’re all in back. I came to see if anyone was out here. This guy, Russel, who lives here, built a huge pond for us with all sorts of beaches. He even bought a bird bath and put some rocks in it to make it shallower for us. He’s a great guy! He rescues us if we fall in the water and can’t get out. He’s the reason Mary, Margaret, Dirk, Ken, Mark, and Cary are still with us.”Sea lavender

Jim: “I’m pretty tired, though. I was all the way over in Rancho San Diego today. The jacarandas, lilies of the Nile, and sea lavender all are blooming. It’s paradise, but I sure am thirsty.”

Brian: “The new pond is just around back, about a minute’s flight. Follow me! You can make it!”

I am pleased to report that I did not have to rescue a single honey bee today. Maybe I have enough shallow areas and beaches so that they don’t fall in the water, or maybe the weaker honey bees already drowned in a pool somewhere, or maybe honey bees are capable of learning what to do and what not to do….

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My Own Little World—Update on my thirsty honey bees

I live in my own little world

Update on my thirsty honey bees.

For the first two posts, see these:

https://russelrayphotos2.com/2018/01/26/did-you-know-bees-get-thirsty-too/

https://russelrayphotos2.com/2018/01/27/my-own-little-world-construction-of-the-wildlife-corner-pond/

I put out a little bag of pear and mango slices but the honeybees have absolutely zero interest.

However, all is not lost.

After constructing the bigger pond in Wildlife Corner and setting up the birdbath, about fifty honey bees found it. It was obvious that they had traveled far to get there because they were so tired that they kept falling into the water and didn’t have enough energy to get out. I spent a long time with a little stick helping the little ones get out of the water. I hope they have learned not to go into the water if they are too tired to swim. So I have a large colony at the smaller north pond and a large colony at the larger south pond. I still don’t want the honey bees at the smaller north pond because it is too close to the walkway to the garage. It’s a little disconcerting to have to walk through a hundred flying honey bees on the way to the car, or on the way from the car to the house with arms full of groceries….

So….

I’m going to try deterrent methods. The first one is to sprinkle powdered garlic around the pond. Apparently honey bees find garlic odor offensive and will stay away, hopefully moving to the Wildlife Corner pond. And it’s true! The honey bees don’t like the front pond anymore, but they still are out there flying around. Hopefully they all will find the Wildlife Corner pond soon.

Meanwhile, here’s a macro picture of a honey bee drinking water from the birdbath out in Wildlife Corner:

Macro picture of a honey bee drinking water

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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-14-14)

Friday Flower fiesta

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I have been so busy that I almost forgot that it was Friday!

Today’s Tonight’s Friday Flower Fiesta features my Photographic Art creations of flowers that are now available at my store on Fine Art America.

Various versions of these flowers have appeared in my blog before, but the versions here are the versions that are for sale at my store on Fine Art America. Fine Art America offers many different types of prints, such as standard matted and framed prints, prints rolled in a tube so you can do your own matting and framing, metal prints, canvas prints, and acrylic prints, as well as greeting cards and cell phone cases.

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Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)Bird of Paradise

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CliviaClivia

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Sunflower and CloudsSunflower and Clouds

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Red Hot PokerRed Hot Poker

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Cactus Flowers and Fruits
(of a barrel cactus)Cactus Flowers and Fruits

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ThunbergiaThunbergia

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Pink HibiscusPink Hibiscus Flower

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African Tulip TreeAfrican Tulip Tree Flowers

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Purple GeraniumPurple Geranium

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White DaffodilsWhite Daffodil Flowers

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Pink GeraniumPink Geranium

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Flower & BeeFlower & Bee

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Orange PoppyCalifornia Poppy

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California Tree Poppy & Visitors California Tree Poppy and Visitors

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Raindrops on Gerbera DaisiesRaindrops on Gerbera Daisy Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Bees arriving at a cactus flower

Guests always arrive at the same time

Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

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I got a few emails from friends wondering where my Friday Flower Fiesta was for this past Friday. Ooops.

I was so busy making money to pay June’s bills that I forget to do a Friday Flower Fiesta.

I did get out to play a bit, even going to a Park that I never would have gone to alone because it’s in a bad area of town. Real bad area. Yet I’ve always wanted to go there because the murals look so fascinating as you drive up the bridge.

Yes, yes, I know I’m being vague. You’ll just have to wait. Patience, my dears, patience.

While I’m cataloging the pictures I took and writing a few blog posts about the Park, following is a picture of a cactus flower in the park. The bees were quite active, and when I looked at this picture, I remembered all those parties I hosted in my younger days when guests always arrived at the same time.

Bees arriving at a cactus flower

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