Night of Stars

Only four months ago we tried our fist experiments in catching the night stars and photographing the milky way, but at the end of February the core of the milky way will be visible again and I hope we will got the chance to escape the light pollution, get clear weather and some time for our beginners experiments.

I can’t wait to be again on Crete for a few days, enjoy the milder weather and the bright stars again!

 

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Around Origlio Lake

 

This year I’ve spent my Easter holidays in Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland) where we enjoyed lukewarm days with the family and with friends.

After lunch we decided to have a walk, not hiking, but simply a few enjoyable hours in the nature around the protected area of the lake of Origlio.

No camera, this time, but my smartphone with one of my favorite apps “Wikiloc” to record the trail. So we are, I hope some of you will enjoy the photos and perhaps once the walk!

 

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Apricot Blossom and Butterfly

The winter is gone and it’s spring now. It’s a pleasure looking at the bees and the butterflies in the garden collecting the nectar from the flowers. 

Sometimes I would hold the time, feel the sun warming us again, smell the perfume of the flowers and sit quite for a long time looking at what is going around.

Here some pics of these moments.

 

A Warm Winter Day Hiking

While an Arctic cold front is tracking across Canada and the United States the weather is Europe is incredible mild and give us the opportunity to imagine that the winter is almost over.

These have been taken in the countryside and in the forest during the golden hour. Enjoy these warming pictures!

Honey Bee and Columbine Flower (Nectar)

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This honey bee can reach the pollen from below the flowers. Honey bee tongues and not long enough to reach the nectar from this point (sse my previous post), but they have  helpers. Other insects as some bubble bees with stonger mandibulas are able to chew a hole in the nectar spur. in this way the nectar storage is open for honey bees as well!

 

Honey Bee and Columbine Flower (Pollen)

Honey Bee and Columbine Flower

This is one of my favorite pictures of my honey bees!

This honey bee can reach the pollen from below the flowers. Honey bee tongues and not long enough to reach the nectar from this point.

 

Homesick Bees Swarm Went Back Home

homesick swarm

I really would like to know what happened two days ago. Iwould like to ask my bees (the swarm) why they decided to come back home.

I suppose the smarm lost its queen or it didn’t want to left the crowded hive as the weather was not attractive.

Swarms are provisioned only with the nectar or honey they carry in their stomachs. A swarm will starve if it does not quickly find a home and more nectar stores.  Didn’t it find the best conditions?

The old queen would go with the “prime swarm” and other swarms would be accompanied by virgin queens creating“after swarms.”

I only know that the swarm (“prime swarm” or”after swarm”?)  left it’s home, didn’t assemble, and finally after about one hour it decided to go back home!

Next days we will check the hieve again and we’ll see if the “old queen” came back; in this case we will find new eggs in the cells.

If not, she had gone or she was lost and the new queen need to be fertilized and in about two week we will find new eggs again and we will have a new young and I hope strong queen!

More about honey bees swarms: Honey Bee Swarms
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