Sunday, May 17, 2015

Our first Honey beecut out.

They were behind two sheets of plywood in an old unused horse stall with a John Deere backhoe in the way.
As cutouts go, I guess this was pretty easy. I'm not sure if I would want to do a hard one. It took a little over 5 hours total. 
Started late around 3pm, but it all worked out well.  Only a couple of bees flying when we left just before dark. We got most all of them.
Found the queen behind a comb in the upper section!! I left the upper piece of plywood on until the lower part was cleaned up.
You notice how few bees were on me. They were very tame.   I only smoked them a little at the start & vacuumed the guard bees first.

They are very small bees and there are a lot of them!
We got ten frames of brood banded, but they had very little honey put up but the blackberries will be blooming very soon. I'll give them something to get by on until then.

As usual, click on one for a larger slide show

Lots of drone brood

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shining geranium

Shining geranium (Geranium lucidum), an invasive species. A fully open flower, and I think too much movement caused degradation in the field-stack of 4 shots hand-held, slightly cropped to remove artifacts on the edge of the frame.
ISO-280, 1/250 at f/16, 1:1

Click for detail

Flowers maybe 3/8" across when open

Bumble bee close up.

Just to see if I could do it, I stuck a microscope objective on the end of my 105mm macro lens. I used a $10.00 reducing adapter I got off eBay.
Working distance between the bee & the lens was less than 1cm.

Go ahead, click on it. You know you want to.

Willie & Merle

 When Merle sang “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee,” he didn’t mention that’s why he moved to Nashville!

Willie & Merle  It's All Going to Pot.

Via and via Tastefully Offensive)   

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Another cat photo

Portrait of a caterpillar.
Ranchman's Tiger Moth
Platyprepia virginalis

Much better when viewed large!
click on me.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Crab spiders

Tiny 5mm crab spiders up close & personal on a pear blossom.
Best viewed enlarged, with a click!

Cleaning her paws. Mmmmmm pear pollen!