Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Bee Workshop

 Sunflower - the garage manager.
 Gene - laying out the frames.
 It's like this, see?
 Then you'll have one of these.
 Kirk - garage inspector.
 We need more tools.
 A bare naked hive.
 Tom - when he's not brewing.  Rare picture.
 Mary - getting the corners.
And the handholds.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Family: Apidae

Back-lashed and passion-


The shiver of the winter bees

Apis mellifera.

Clustering around
Their resting queen

Hive dry and

93 degrees

A glacial outlook

The heat in their wings

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Before the Starlings

A couple of fat bluebirds. 
The ones in the bird books seem to always look a little more trim.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Straw Bale Cold Frame

I'm getting itchy for spring.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cold Sugar

Yesterday's cold pushed the plastic tubing off the taps. Still, several inches of sap in the buckets.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The Rural Economy

Langstroth left the pulpit
Determined to find

God in the apiary. 
Capital G.

Who can be certain?

The poetry of the rural economy.

The asking and the knowing
Ripen and swarm into the

Dry hollows of a distant
Catalpa tree.

And if they survive the winter?

Cakes of pollen placed in a basket.

Jars of nectar hanging
Beneath the eaves.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Daze of Winter

He knocked himself out crashing into the window.
Then he came back to watch Tom brew.