Casper Mountain Pegmatite Reclaimed

Casper Mountain Pegmatite Reclaimed

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited that haunted pegmatite on Casper Mountain. But the Sheep Herder Hill fire is out. The roads are open. And it was a perfect day to take a fall drive and visit the mountain. This old mining site was a great place to collect nondescript, but beautiful fluorescent pegmatite and serpentinite specimens. But that’s all changed now. the pit has […]

Emergence

Emergence

Just how does intelligent behavior emerge from a collection of simple minded individuals? RadioLab has a great podcast that discusses emergence. It’s applicable to honey bee colonies, ants, our cities and, in my opinion politics! 🙂 Using this kind of intelligence is a great way to solve complex problems. RadioLab asks: What happens when there is no leader? Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. […]

Yard Report – August 2012

Yard Report – August 2012

The Idea The dog days of summer are here. Even though there’s noticeably less daylight, summer’s heat continues. And this old beekeeper takes things a little slower as: colony growth rate slows the bees are healthy cactus frustrates but doesn’t thwart skunks different width frames are a pain the drought continues unabated Is that rabbit brush and gum weed blooming? Rabbitbrush blossoms are inspirational in […]

Co-evolution of Bees and Mites

Co-evolution of Bees and Mites

At Beesource, Mike Bispham shared a paper describing the co-evolution of two bee populations in Europe. Host Adaptations Reduce the Reproductive Success of Varroa Destructor in Two Distinct European Honey Bee Populations Dr. Tom Seeley has  suggested a similar process is at work in the Arnot Forest near Cornell University. Check it out. Years ago, I setup a small cell test yard optimized for the […]

Probiotics for the Nose

Probiotics for the Nose

Science Friday does it again. Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that healthy sinuses are populated by a diverse population of bacteria, including Lactobacillus species. Study author Susan Lynch discusses whether a microbial spray might be a good cure for the sniffles. This Microbes Benefit More Than Just the Gut podcast is an interesting listen. It should gives anyone wanting to live well something […]

Sheep Herder Hill Fire

Sheep Herder Hill Fire

Casper Mountain is on fire. It’s been 6 years since the last major fire there. And we have all been holding our breath, this season, and waiting for snow. first smoke appeared 8/9/12 about 4pm aerial attack began using single engine agriculture type aircraft on 8/10 the fire blows up it spots up to a mile in front of the main fire winds are high […]

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