Dewdrops and Spider Webs create delicate jewelry.
One has to catch these early in the day.
A friend has an interest in bees. He has built a “Top Bar Hive“, different in construction and operation from the standard box-like hives used by commercial bee-keepers in North America.
Bears like honey and in order to discourage them, the hive hangs high in the trees and an elegant cable and pulley system allows the hive to be lowered gently (that’s important!) to a stand on the ground to see how the bees are doing.
He was kind enough to give me a demonstration of how things work. I made some photographs.
For wintering, ample honey is left in the hive for the bees to eat. The hive is then wrapped with insulation and some waterproofing, keeping in mind the necessity for ventilation so that the bees can breathe and not suffer mold and other problems. The hive hangs in the trees and this last winter survived without problems.
The bees seem only interested in doing their job. In the 15 minutes or so that it took to make these photographs, there were no stings recorded.
Perhaps we were lucky.
Bees are absolutely remarkable insects and, without them we would starve.
This is what I found yesterday morning when I went for a short walk up behind the cottage with my macro lens.
Nature and protection.
This beetle showed up on our clothesline on a very windy day and held on to a towel for a while. It was big black and harmless, even though the fearsome looking armour it wore appeared to make it ready for battle or a part in a Super Hero movie.
Water surface on a calm morning.
When new growth bursts forth in the spring, a myriad of greens appears among the browns created over the winter.
As time passes, the greens darken and these gentle delicacies of colour will not be seen again until next year.
In March the sun is getting higher and the shadows of the bare trees become visible on the smooth snow.
It is easy to miss this beauty.
When the lake freezes, the delicacy of nature becomes evident.
Animal tracks crossing in the snow covered with a layer of hoar frost.
Flowers beside Johnston Canyon trail, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
A Mid Winter reminder of a part of the North that is currently frozen under 3 feet of snow.
I will go skiing tomorrow but this will be in the back of my mind.
Delicate and sensuous surface of nature-sculpted snow.
We had a bit of snow yesterday.
There’s something about red and white that is very exciting and fresh.
In early fall the green of the vegetation gets punctuated by incongruous bits of colour.
This splash is yellow (with a bit of red thrown in).