Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Queen Bee

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Beekeeper Bob brought my first bee hive one week ago.
Today marked the first hive inspection to find the Queen Bee.

 I pulled my first frame looking for the Queen Bee
under Bob's watchful eyes. 

The empty frame position (right) 
held the Queen Bee in the short wooden box (left side, vertical).
She has eaten her way out of her transport chamber.

The workers have already started producing honey.

Ah, here's the Queen (the big one, left center).
She directs traffic and has already begun producing new workers.

 The new Queen transport cage and the first wax comb.
The hole in the cage (red circle) was filled with wax
that had to be eaten to free the Queen.

Another sculptural work of art for the top of the piano.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Missing Friends and Loved Ones

There is nothing that can prepare you for the death of a loved one.
Even when it has been expected for days, months or years.

As a survivor, you are left with an incredible sense of loss. 
There is nothing more you can do for them.

Days pass and you hear nothing.

What is left of them are the waves of grief
that bring you to a stop
moisten your face
and choke you
with the deep sobbing
brought home by love.

So, you are left with
Waves of Grief,
and the things they left behind.

And so it is with our loss of John and Cheryl.

Somebody said "You are your things."

I tend to take that notion seriously.

Looking at some of the things they left behind
you might grasp the idea
that our friends
are worth the pain
of loving
to the end.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Dragonfly Day

It was drizzling rain yesterday when I went to vacuum our swimming pool. A slight breeze and rain drops created a disaster zone for dragonflies who like to zoom to the water surface, land briefly, drink, and fly away.

I spotted a single dragonfly who had just been submerged, fished him out on the end of a pole, straightened a sopping wet wing, then coaxed him onto my finger. He seemed to like dry finger and he held on.

Since the wings were still wet, I brought the creature into the house to dry off. Blowing gently on the wings, I removed a drowned ant from its attachment to an underwing and fumbled again for the left-handed camera at my waist.

Ninety minutes or so passed and the dragonfly stuck to my finger, making it difficult to continue my pen-and-ink doodlings. We were attached. I didn't have the heart to shake him off my finger.

So, I brought my finger back into the humid air of the front yard. Dragonfly wings fluttered, a good sign, but they went nowhere. Back into the house for further drying. 

Finally, after some gentle coaxing, the dragonfly attached itself to a sturdy, blue-foam, pool-noodle. Fifteen minutes later, the dragonfly lifted off the noodle and flew away. 

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