Monthly Archives: March 2015

Busy Bees

When I returned from China this weekend I found that my trees were full of blossoms. The trees were also full of Busy Bees who were pollinating the blossoms.

Since I have had a busy day, I will just share some pictures of the Busy Bees with you tonight.

Pollination, Bees, Bumble Bees, blossoms, White BlossomsThe pictures were taken of my Black Locust or Robinia pseudoacacia tree that grows in my backyard. If you look closely in this picture you can see a bee in the center.

These pictures also remind me of a post, Home to Spring, that I wrote two years after coming home from a trip to Seoul. There is also a picture in the post of insects on this same tree.

Black Locust Tree, Bumble Bee, pollination, White Blossoms, TreesHere is a closer look at one of the busy bees that is pollinating the blossoms. You can see some of the details in the wings.

All of the pictures in this post were taken from at least six feet away, so not as much detail as I would like to have.

Black Bee, Pollination, Black Locust Blossoms

Here you can see the proboscis of the bee buried in a blossom.

Black Bee, Pollination, Black Locust Tree, SpringThis picture did not come out as well, but it is the only one where I have a view of the bee from the top. You can see the outstretched wings and their size relative to the body of the bee. I sometimes wonder how these bees can fly. The bodies are so plump compared to the small wings.

In this picture you can also see some of the seed pods that are the end result of this pollination time period. They are still hanging on the tree from last fall.

Another thing that Bees + Blossoms =

Bee, Pollinating, Spring Time, Blossoms, Black LocustI saved the best closeup picture for the last. Here you can definitely see some detail of the bee, especially the hairy body. The hairs help in collecting pollen from the blossoms. You can also see some of the wing detail.

I am not sure exactly what species of bees these are. Perhaps one of my entomologist friends can identify them for me.

Here are a few other posts that I have written about bees:

Bees and Blossoms

More Bees and Blossoms

Bumblebees

Birds and Bees

I hope that you enjoyed these pictures of Busy Bees.

Steven

 

Magnum Bars in China

On the last night of my trip to Shanghai we made a trip into the center of the city.

Pudong Skyline, Shanghai, China, Bund, Tallest Buildings, Skyscrapers, Night Skyline

One of our activities was to take a walk along the Bund and take in the fabulous Pudong skyline. This skyline is one of the most impressive in the world with the 2nd, 7th and 17th tallest skyscrapers in the world. More about this skyline in a future post.

Magnum Bar, Magnum Ice Cream, Shanghai, Bund, ChinaAs we climbed down the stairs to street level my eye was caught by this sign.

I definitely recognized the Magnum logo. I decided that it was time for dessert. I had been craving Ice Cream for several days, and this was the perfect opportunity.

I was looking forward to having a nice selection of Magnum Bars to choose from. Perhaps they would have some interesting flavors to choose from. Maybe Red Bean or Green Tea?

Chinese Magnum Bars, Magnum Classic, Magnum Varieties, Shanghai, BundAlas, I was disappointed. This was the selection. Magnum Classic was the only variety that they had. I was all hyped up with the big logo on the front of the shop.

I later found that there are only three flavors in China. Vanilla (Classic), Cappuccino, and Crunchy.

Chinese Magnum Bar, Magnum Classic, Vanilla Ice Cream Bar, Shanghai TreatHere is the Magnum Bar as I got ready to enjoy it. Don’t ask me what it says on the package as I only recognize a few of the characters.

Magnum Classic Ice Cream Bar, Vanilla Ice Cream, Belgian ChocolateThis was definitely a Magnum Classic ice cream bar. The chocolate had the nice rich Belgian Chocolate taste, but the ice cream was a bit different. It was not as creamy as what we have in the US or what I have had in Turkey or Israel.

Hmm, now I am hungry for a Magnum Bar. Good thing that I have some Magnum Minis in my freezer.

What is your favorite Magnum flavor?

Steven