August 17, 2015. Nine p.m. EDT. It is dark, seasons are changing and we better be getting ready. Earlier today I went around the farm taking some pictures. Old folk lore says that when the goldenrod begins to bloom it is only six more weeks until the first frost.
I really like this picture from a beekeeper’s perspective as the golden rod, which is one of the last pollen and nectar sources of the year for the honey bees in the West Georgia area, is blooming in front of alder bushes, one of the earliest resources for the bees. The ol’ thermometer on the side of the shed showed 64 degrees F this morning.
This last picture was taken in late June. The primary nectar flow had ended in May and the bees were making the best of what they had to work with, bahia grass. Seasons change and the bees adapt, perhaps we can learn from the little winged workers as we observe the wonderful world around us.
As always thank you for your dedication to the bees and willingness to share with so many of us who wish to learn.