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Archive for January, 2010

January Pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 22, 2010

This picture, at the hive entrance, shows bees with two kinds of pollen. The yellow pollen is from Hazelnut trees. The pinkish grey pollen is from an unknown source. Double left click on the picture to see the color clearly.

pollen in January

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Bees find Hazelnut pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 21, 2010

We have two varieties of Hazelnut. One variety produces pollen about a week after the early variety. Today it was mild enough for the bees to forage on the later variety.

Hazelnut pollen

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Rhododendron Jasminiflorum

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 20, 2010

This plant sat on a windowsill as a house plant since 2007. In January 2010 it blossomed. The look of the flowers and the fragrance are very reminiscent of Jasmine flowers.

R. Jasminiflorum

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Spring in January

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 18, 2010

Well, it feels a little like spring with the Hazelnut catkins covered with pollen and the Witch Hazel blossoms in bloom. However, it is a degree or two too cold for the bees to take advantage of this early food source. 

Hazelnut catkins

Witch Hazel

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Puppy waterfall

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 11, 2010

The children call this a puppy waterfall. Figure that out! With 9 pups and 8 feeding stations there is always some jostling.

milk bar

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Bubbles’ babies

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 10, 2010

Bubbles the goat was featured in a pencil drawing in a earlier post. This evening Bubbles gave birth to a pair of kids. Tobia attended to the delivery.

Just born.

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Ayden at the beach

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 9, 2010

This painting is an acrylic by Tobia. The beach is on the Alouette river in Pitt Meadows.

14X16 inches

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