Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I'd heard of these, but before today,
had never seen one, a fairy ring.
Also called fairy circles, elf rings or pixie rings.
Fairy Rings are naturally occurring rings of mushrooms.
There were several in the hay field, half hidden under the alfalfa,
and I almost missed them, until I noticed a pattern of arcs.
Folklore says that a fairy ring appears when elves gather and dance.
They are also considered gateways to elfin kingdoms.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I finally got a photo of one of this year's fawns.
Not a very good shot as it was hiding behind a tree,
but nonetheless, proof that they are out there.
Mom jumped the fence
and baby ran along the fence line until it figured out it could slip between the rails.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
2012 is shaping up to be a wild weather year.
We had a very mild winter, with little snow, and the creek never froze.
Then Spring arrived way ahead of schedule with record warm temps.
Now summer is breaking all kinds of records,
such as the longest dry spell, 46 days, in over 100 years.
And we've tied or broken 8 records for highest temperature &
are on the way to breaking another record,
most days with highs of 90 degrees or higher.
Whew, its HOT!
Our creek is just a series of shallow pools.
The reservoir near our house is down 6 feet.
Exposed stumps are sticking up everywhere.
It hard to believe just a few short months ago
I was kayaking in this bay
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Our hives are flourishing, even in the extreme heat.
Our green hive seems to be the strongest,
with lots of bees on the outside.
So I added another super to the hive to give them more room.
Upon checking the hives we are finding capped honey on the frames.
When we opened our white hive,
we found lots of burr comb.
This was our error, since we
added a super without frames,
to protect our syrup feeder from varmits.
The bees used the space to make more comb & honey.
We had to scrape off this comb in order to insert frames.
But it wasn't wasted,
we had our first honey harvest and produced 8 jars of golden honey!