Saturday, January 15, 2011

Shadow Shot...did you know a bee...

Will you bee here for me little friend
when the spring flower blooms
and the warm scent of summer
cloaks new life in a web of
exotic tranquillizers
easing my spirit on another
journey into season
or shall you bee only a memory
buzzing by...

The old rustic snow fence pokes shadows at my bee hive,
wondering...will it be occupied this season...
or will my peeps over at Harriets' gig have to wait
another sad season as corrupt government agencies ignore
the cries, the outrage from the people...
STOP POISONING OUR PLANET!!!
Please read the article and call the EPA and demand
an explanation!

Timeline of a Bee Massacre: EPA Still Allowing Hive-Killing Pesticide
Clothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects (that is, honey bees). Clothianidin is a neonicotinoid insecticide that is both persistent and systemic. Acute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis. Although EFED does not conduct RQ based risk assessments on non-target insects, information from standard tests and field studies, as well as incident reports involving other neonicotinoids insecticides (e.g., imidacloprid) suggest the potential for long-term toxic risk to honey bees and other beneficial insects.

22 comments:

Tom Hilton said...

Great wintry shots there.

Ralph said...

The bees do work as a team to move furiously to keep the hive warm. Teamwork keeps the cold outside, where it belongs. The hive is dainty looking, the fence has done its job in keeping the drifts away. This ragged looking snow barrier has the beauty found only by doing its job...

Miss Becky said...

It's been a real pleasure exploring your blog this morning. First off - to be greeted by the strumming of Ottmar Liebert, well, it doesn't get much better than that. When I lived on my farm years ago, I discovered one day that a few of the bees from the neighboring farm across the valley had taken up residence in my bathroom closet. they'd gotten in through the exhaust fan opening. No big deal, my friends just came and somehow lured them back to their hives, and then gave me a winter's supply of fresh honey. It's a long-forgotten memory re-awakened by your beautiful photos. nicely done shadow shots.
I grew up across the river and a half-day's drive north-east of Muscatine. I've always loved the sound of that name. Happy SSS, and I hope you have a beautiful week.

Serendipity said...

I actually thought the fence looked like a bench! Hope the snow is not too much trouble...

Sylvia K said...

It always amazes me how the most ordinary things in our yards and gardens can make such magical shadows and you always capture them so beautifully, Sharon! Wonderful and words to match! Doesn't get any better! Hope you have a great weekend! Stay warm!

Sylvia

EG Wow said...

I like your shadows this week, Sharon. I DO hope the bees are alive and well.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

That wee bee house is adorable...love the shadows that the fence is making on it & it's own shot! It would be a terrible shame if honey wasn't made this year! I know that a couple of apple orchards around here are having issues with bees and cell phone towers...guess it messes with the bees finding their way around (?) anyway...hope you are having a great weekend Sharon!

sarayutouched said...

yet another sadness endured all in the name of progress...

great shadow. today is a day of much snow. oldest child couldn't make the driveway with the car. no sense trying to shovel him out until the snow stops...

christmas decorations to take down today...dragging my feet. the tree is still so beautiful...we'll see where the day takes me...maybe out to capture snow flurries...

hope all is well in your corner. coffee is always on.

Cassie said...

I like to see the way the shadows fall on a snowy surface. Excellent ShadowShots,as always!

Was it the pesticide that made so many of the honey bees vanish? What happened to all the corpses? I have never heard a good expanation of this mystery.

MyMaracas said...

Love your "bee house" and I do hope they are alive and well in there. There was a bee hive here when we moved in, but we had a bee keeper come and remove it. I'm sorry now that we didn't keep it.

I've heard many theories about bee decline, but pesticides and other poisons have always seemed the most likely cause to me.

MyMaracas said...

P.S. - If you haven't found her blog yet, you might want to check out Linda's place:

http://beekeeperlinda.blogspot.com/

Paula Scott said...

It is upsetting knowing that our bees are at threat and continue to be (bee). It will take heavy lobbying from the agricultural sector to put this to an end, as unfortunately, 'money talks'.
Darwin was wrong-humans seem to be exempt from evolution. It does not seem like we are getting better or smarter as human beings.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Beautiful shadow shots Hope that you are keeping warm .

Patti said...

I didn't know you were a beekeeper. That's very cool.

I like your shadow captures. Cold but bee-autiful.

sue said...

I recently received a link to a petition on this issue. This should be it for anyone interested:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/97.php?cl_tta_sign=ac5d98d7309513a361b036dc48ea7fc6

Beautiful shots, lovely shadows, and as you say "STOP POISONING OUR PLANET"

gengen said...

I like that shadow shot nice one. Happy SSS!

BLOGitse said...

We people are stubborn, don't we understand that we'll get what we order.
If we don't stop poisoning our planet, it knows how to react...
Have a good week ahead!

Hey Harriet said...

I think BLOGitse summed things up perfectly! We cannot continue poisoning the planet because it will bite back. It's already starting to nibble on the edges. The bites are only going to get bigger and swallow us up whole!

On a positive note I do like your shadow shots! I hope you have a good week ahead Sharon!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Excellent captures.

Selena Statue on the Bay

http://hootin--anni.blogspot.com/2011/01/along-bay-she-stands-tall-and-proud.html

Hope your day is a happy one.

Boonie S said...

An interesting photo and inspiring words. Thanks.

All the best, Boonie

hollyhock garden antiques said...

thank you ! its fun to go to sales and look for pink some people give me a funny look i guess i don't look like some one that likes pink lol . that's cool if you can let me know if you will be in my neck of the woods love elkhorn wis show maby we will do it to ???

Greyscale Territory said...

O my stars and whiskers! I am so late today! Trying to play catch-up!

Wonderful, gentle light and shadow in your snowy world! And love your rusty fence! I too thought it was a rusty bench! It seems curved!

Summery afternoons follow cool, often rainy mornings in my world this week! (Right now, I have a warm jacket on + socked feet!) But when the summer sun makes its appearance, the traffic steps up the pace and my Dromana beach is just a sea of colourful umbrellas stretching all the way from my beach to the next one - Safety Beach! People are getting desperate to find summer!

My car gets serviced this week + Shadow, my cat gets a booster vaccination + my hubby gets his eye operaton next week to remove a cataract! (It's his second, so he knows what to expect!) All this needs to be done before I go back to school. AND I need to organise lessons!

Summer holidays have slipped away too fast! But we have dodged the weather blues and managed to get out at the first sign of sun, no matter what time of day!

BIGGEST BIGGEST warm hugs for you! Enjoy your week!