Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cleansing Flights/Fly Overs, Moles and Minerals

Cleansing flights.....
When we first got our bees a few years ago we were told about cleansing flights and how the bees would "drop" on our cars. Yes, they did back then and still do it now. I have always meant to take pictures of it but never had my camera with me when I passed by my car, so this year I made it a point to take a picture or two. Mind you it had rained earlier so it's not as bad in the pics as it is most days.;) I always say if I went out and buffed my car I'd have a really good wax shine ;) I also call these "fly overs"

I didn't notice these scratches until I uploaded this photo...neighbors cats again...grrrr, but oh, well nothing a little bit of wax poo won't wipe out, huh? ;)
We have moles... aggravating, tunneling moles....they tear up the yard something awful. Here one tunneled under my Nuc stand and I actually straightened it up before I took this picture! The poor girls were nearly entrance down in the ground!
These last pitures are of our honeybees gathering minerals out of a tray that I have on our patio that I started seeds in last year. I couldn't get close ups of them but I could see them licking the soil, it was so neat to watch them. Butterflies gather nutrients from the soil like this too.

My camera died the other day and I am SO lost without it :( I'm on the look for another one so wish me luck! I needed it desperately this weekend when we got into some of our hives. We ran into some very unusual things that we've never seen or even read about in any of our magazines or books. I told my husband no one would ever believe me if I just wrote about it with no pics to back it up.......That's what I love about bees, they are part of nature, something that's part of our lives and something we will never "bee" able to figure out. They are amazing creatures and I know most people that know me (even the ones that don't) ;) think I'm the absolute weirdest person in the world but I have such a passion for them! I wish everyone could feel what I feel about them sometimes...geez let me stop, the men in the "other" white suits might "bee" at my door in a bit ;) LOL
Joking aside though......I do Love my honeybees!

Until next time!


  1. This is fascinating!

    I didn't know that honeybees gather minerals from mud too!?

    They are the most wonderful creatures and it both saddens and angers me when ignorant people destroy their hives.

    Keep up the good work you do. :)

  2. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment Kimberly!
    I totally agree with you, they are wonderful creatures and it saddens me that people don't try to appreciate what we all are given.
    I checked out your blog and we have a lot in common! You are good in what you do too! I need to upkeep my blogs as well as you do!
    Thanks for sharing! And for stopping by!

  3. Oops! I get a bit confused as to where I should leave a follow up comment to the one you left(here or on my blog)? Sorry....

    Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. As for the peanut butter issue, you are smart to not feed it to the birds. Peanut butter gives me trouble if I don't down it with a glass of milk...imagine the birds!

    It's nice when I come across like-minded people who appreciate the gifts of nature. I think your blog is great. I'll be sure to read your future posts and leave a quick "hi"......


  4. Great post love it, you & your bees. I love it when I see honey bees at my hummingbird feeders & I try to plant things I know the bees & my hummingbird that visit will all like.

  5. Thank you Charlotte! We love you too! ;) there must be someone near you that has honeybees if they're getting into your feeders. They will get into sweet water if there isn't any nectar producing flowers available. You are so sweet to plant flowers for the birds and bees ;)