Monday, June 21, 2010

The foraging bees

 In sunny days, and I have to admit that here in Vancouver are very few, I like to drink my coffee in the garden and to spend time admiring the honey bees gathering pollen.

Bee in Drusaim flower

Scented Pelargoniums in full bloom attracted many insects to my scented garden. They come and collect nectar and pollen from flowers. Is it very fascinating watching honey bees how are coming and foraging with patience for tiny pollen grains which are collected in their pollen baskets. Perhaps when return to their hive, the bees store the sweet food in the honeycomb for later use, when preparing for overwinter

Bee in Scented Pelargonium Citrosa flower
Bee in Scented Pelargonium Lady Plymouth flower

While watching them, in my mind are clinging few lines of one poem from old wonder-story "Alice in Wonderland":

" How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!"

Bee in Scented Pelargonium /Geranium Atomic Snowflake flower

I like the initiative of scientists, beekeepers and politicians who join their forces to promote beekeeping in city. (Vancouver Sun article:)
Vancouver is moving ahead with plans to make the city greener by installing beehives on the roof of city hall. 
Building Beehives: A Handbook for Creating Communities That Generate Returns
The apiarists also have beehives all over the city, including on top of the Vancouver Convention Centre, at the University of B.C., Science World and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

The benefits of having bees, others than natural pollinators of crops? For me  Honey and Propolis had important health benefits, because can be used as a remedy for cough, colds, loss of appetite and energy, skin and hair. Beeswax is used for candles and together with honey and propolis are used for many natural personal care products.
Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind

How can these beings have so many energy? Not only for me looks impressive that the bees can fly while having such big bodies and thin wings . Plus... they can carry those huge pollen bags (90% of their weight?).

The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism

The foraging honey bees from my garden  accept me around them while they are at work. Sometimes, they noticed my presence beside them, and start to fly around maybe wandering what goes in my mind.

Can they gather up my secrets thoughts which are buzzing as well, waiting to be said?


Mother Moon said...

I have always been fascinated by bees. I too like to watch them work their process that is such a necessity to us all. a wonderful creature. Blessed Summer solstice

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