Honey bees are social insects. They live communally and depend on each other for their very existence. Everyone has a role, and when these tiny toilers pull together, amazing things get done. An entire colony is built and fed; the young are cared for; everyone has a home. To succeed, they need to communicate. They share vital information about food sources by performing a dance when they return to the hive. The “waggle dance” indicates that food is far away, […]
Words are one of the ways I express myself. Writer’s block is a familiar foe, but I can usually push through it. Wine helps. But one thing leaves me speechless: the loss of a friend’s beloved fur companion. Words fail me; I’m helpless to console. All I can say is “I’m sorry. So very sorry.” And since I can’t find words, I will bring you flowers. Because flowers always find the light; they remind us that life unfolds in chapters; […]
The Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) is supposed to be quite common in our area, yet, I don’t ever recall seeing one in my garden before. I guess the Butterfly Bush was just too tempting! What’s mine is yours little friend. Come back and visit soon.
Typically, a bee will travel about two miles in search of food. When nectar or pollen is scarce, the journey can extend two to three times as far. To a tiny bee, that is a great distance flight and a long, exhausting way home to the hive. For the first part of their lives, “home” for Lilly and Lucy was the streets of Pakistan. Scavenging, starving, relying on the mercy of strangers and garbage scraps. Home for Erika and Gwen […]
With the Sierras above us still capped with El Nino’s snowfall, the rice growers have flooded and planted most of their fields this year – turning Homeward Bound into lakefront property for a few months. The more than 500,000 acres of the valley’s rice lands are located along the Pacific Flyway, and the flooded fields provide critical migration corridors for shoreline birds and others. Looking out from the garden, I saw this long dark line of what looked like turkeys […]