Archive for June 15th, 2015

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Honey Making….

We’ve had several honey bee swarms end up in trees near our home this late Spring. That coupled with my recently buying a few jars of raw, unfiltered honey got me to looking into how honey is actually made. I found a most fascinating explanation right here at Mickelberry Gardens in nearby Troutdale, Oregon. 

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“Swarming is the completely natural way the hive replicates itself. When there’s plenty of honey, pollen, and brood (honeybee larvae) and everything is going well for the hive, the worker bees begin feeding a few larvae royal jelly, to create a new queen. The old queen leaves with about half of the workers in the hive. In a great leap of faith, they swarm out together and form a large clump nearby, often on a tree branch. Then scout bees search for a suitable new place for a hive.

Bee swarms are extremely vulnerable to the elements, and many die. Also, especially in urban environments, the bees sometimes choose a site that is not appropriate, like your mailbox, garbage can, or barbeque grill.”  Swarm Removal

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Sonic Bloom

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SONIC BLOOM INFORMATION

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Beginning Fly tying tutorial…

by Tim Rolston at The Fishing Gene Blog.……is a nice introduction to fly tying. Tim provides a great deal of informative how to’s on not just fly tying, but fly fishing as well from his home base in South Africa. If you have been considering fly tying please take a look at Tim’s excellent site. If you already fly fish, but don’t tie your own flies, you must consider tying your own creations to fully enhance your fishing experience…nothing like catching fish with your own creations!

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obstructed view….

‘The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people.’ German Proverb

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Seaplane & Mt. Rainier

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fluted…

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