Sunday, April 19, 2009

Aww honey, honey.

There has been much talk in the news about honey bees disappearing. Bees are very important for pollination. There are a lot of farmers around where I live - rice, beans and sugar cane. In the "off season" they use their pastures for grazing cattle. You can see the white bee hives they set out for the bees to occupy. When the crops are planted, this ensure pollination.

Richard and I often run the dogs early in the morning down the country roads running between the pastures. You can see those white boxes in the fields for honey bees to make a comb. Lately, those boxes have been empty.

Seems the hurricane wiped out more than just the lives of people. It damaged crops too. It took a full year before things started blooming again. Slowly it has increased since the hurricane. I dunno if it will ever be like it was before. We planted a garden after the hurrice and nothing really grew. Flowers were not blooming. Nothing was being pollinated. The BEES were gone.

The other day Richard was running the dogs and saw this. It seems even the bees prefer country living by making their house on a fence post instead of the stark white "houses" people put out for them. I'll have do some research on bees and honey around here. It would be neat to see it up close - without the bees, of course.



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