Buzz

Last month one of the books I read was Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson.

Buzz the nature and necessity of bees, thor hanson, beesI really enjoyed this book as it took a look at how indispensable bees are in our food chain.

So, tonight I will share a few images that illustrate how indispensable bees are.

Bees, Blossoms, Honey Bees, Pollination, OrchardsThe book was loaded with facts and stories about bees and how they help pollinate many different flowers and blossoms that turn into the food that we eat.

Orchard Sunset - Almond Orchard - Bee Hives - Sunset Orchard - White BlossomsI have also been thinking about bees today as the almond harvest is underway. I saw several orchards where they were sweeping and loading almonds on the way to services this morning. The picture above shows the beginning of the process when bees are the primary laborers as they pollinate the blossoms.

The book also talks about how bees are used in the almond orchards and how some orchards are trying to use native bees instead of bringing in bees in the spring.

Cherry Blossoms - Central California - Honey Bee - Pollination - Spring Time - OrchardsBees also pollinate cherry blossoms and the blossoms of many other fruit trees.

Down Under Bees, Pollination, Royal Botanic Gardens, Honey BeesThey also pollinate the beautiful flowers that are around us.

Lavender Bee - Lavender Plant - Honey Bee - Bees and Blossoms - PollinationAlso some of the herbs that we use like lavender.

Bee on Thistle - Pollen covered bee - thistle - beeHere you see a great example of how they carry pollen. I have nice memories of taking this picture while visiting an archeological site in Turkey. I was having a friendly competition with a friend to see who would get the best bee picture during the trip. I still think of him whenever I take pictures of bees 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the Buzz…

Steven

 

 

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