Those tomatoes do look yummy, Spanishliz
. Ours are still green it's been so cool here (except for the past week when it sky-rocketed into the 90s). Heck, we even had to break down and run the wood stove one night back in July (but only after we suffered through blue lips and fingertips for nearly two weeks prior!). Kapuskasing
, thanks for the kind words and good luck with your up coming procedure--hope it goes well for you. bhs63
, another great photo! Very artistically composed, in my opinion; quite eye-catchy with the colors, shadows and arrangement.
I had intended to show you all a picture of a drone (male bee) that was facing the death sentence, but my camera almost always refuses to cooperate with me when taking macro shots. My husband insists that it's the operator and not the camera. However, when I shove the camera at him and say, "Ok, you
take it then!" the results typically aren't much better, but I digress...
Anyway, the other day when we were up watching the bees do their morning hive cleaning duties (dragging out dead bees, etc.) we noticed two workers escorting a drone to the edge of the landing board. His wings had been chewed off so that he'd be unable to fly. In other words, he received the death sentence--a fate common to all drones in the hive. Drones are not permitted to winter because they are essentially dead weight to the hive--they don't forage for food; they don't help clean the hive or rear the young; they can't help defend the hive because drones don't have stingers; why, they don't even feed themselves! A drone's sole purpose in life is to be available for mating with the queen if necessary. That's it. So come winter when the hive's survivability is at stake the drones are disposed of.
I'll keep trying to get that picture, but in the mean time...anyone want to see if they can spot the drone in the photo below? (Hint: they're larger than the female bees)Larger View
to see if you picked the right bee...no cheating!
By the way, what the bees are doing here is called "bearding." This can be a sign of over-crowding in the hive, but it's also a normal activity in hot weather. For example, right now the bees are trying to make honey and this is done by evaporation so they don't want all those extra bodies in there giving off moisture, so some of the bees just cluster around the hive entrance and hang out like seen here