Kumquats

Kumquats

Almost all our fruit trees got snapped off, shredded or blown over. But the leaves and fruit on the Kumquat tree made it through hurricane Matthew unscathed. Now that fruit is ripening. And it’s refreshing to pluck a ripe one. Then eat it on the spot. Delicious! The Kumquat is a thumb sized, oval citrus that’s eaten whole. At first bite, the juicy, lemony flavor from […]

Bees Teaching Each Other

Bees Teaching Each Other

When the light is low and just right, it’s possible to follow a bee’s flight path. On occasion, I’ve observed pairs of bees leave a hive and fly in close formation. It was obvious one bee was following the other. Was it being taught? Small cell colonies initially detect and remove mite infected pupa. Although the effects were dramatic, many colonies still perished. But after the […]

After Hurricane Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew

The hurricane shutters are off. The streets are clear of debris. Things are returning to normal after hurricane Matthew passed by. But the ocean is another story. Except for one day, the ocean remains a mess: the water is murky it has a greenish-gray color the waves are rough, confused and jumbled The beach looks like it’s in the midst of a big winter storm. […]

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew became very dangerous, very fast. It has come and gone on the Treasure Coast. And we have survived the last 72 hours essentially unscathed. The “farm”, our backyard garden was destroyed. But that’s of no consequence compared to the: 140mph winds 7′ sea surge 10″ of rain the embedded tornadoes and resulting loss of power, roof, property that we had expected. That destruction was so close, […]

University of Guelph Honeybee Research Center

University of Guelph Honeybee Research Center

The Honeybee Research Centre, at the University of Guelph, is a beekeeping resource worth spending time at. Besides conducting research, they’ve created a Video Library, with more than 3 dozen videos that are second to none. Those videos show much of the nuance and art of beekeeping that’s so easily lost in text. And they cover a broad spectrum: getting started with bees working with bees […]

Anthropocene

Anthropocene

I’ve been pondering the Anthropocene since my geology college days. Having seen the geological evidence of how other ages mass have dramatically changed, I wondered how we will fare. In Anthropocene, on the TED Radio Hour, noted thinkers do a little pondering of their own. It’s entertaining and well worth a listen if the Anthropocene has crossed your mind. -dM

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