More Than Just Parks

More Than Just Parks

Oh my gosh! If you love nature, you will more than enjoy More Than Just Parks. The HD video shorts are more than inspirational. They are phenomenal! And they bring tears to this once, far away, western yahoo. -dM

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. […]

The Scale of Things

The Scale of Things

How we view the world has much to do with our scale of vision. Today, it’s possible to see both ends of the spectrum at incomprehensible scales. Here’s a neat site that can help put things in perspective. Incredible! This gives us beekeepers something to ponder when thinking about the great scheme of things. Thanks guys. -dM

Collaboration

Collaboration

Honeybees are the ultimate collaborators. A colony, the result of that collaboration is much more than just the sum of the parts. There’s another group of great collaborators. And it’s us. Our ability to collaborate makes us what we are. In the past, our collaboration was limited by our means of communication. But today, the internet has virtually connected us all. OK worker bees, check […]

The Beautiful Tricks of Flowers

The Beautiful Tricks of Flowers

Another interesting Ted talk. In this visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants — over a quarter million species — have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing ‘landing-strips’ to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps, and even mimicking other insects in heat. Warning: There are a couple of instances in this talk that are […]

Anticipation!

Anticipation!

It happens every year. And now it’s that time again. A month ago, I got a tinge of intellectual pessimism. And it was especially strong this year. My hives were in terrible shape when I last saw them October 25. In fact, I’d never seen them in worse shape. They were struggling with complicated viral infections. And they had been sprayed twice. In my commercial […]

Where Do Those Ideas Come From Anyway?

Where Do Those Ideas Come From Anyway?

It’s surprising to look back and see how far natural beekeeping has come. I can remember when there were less than a handful who had actual experience with it. Now, there are hundreds observing, writing, speaking about it. And there’s a magnitude more who, though not so vocal, are successfully keeping bees naturally. It’s probably logical to ascribe natural beekeeping’s humble beginning to those who […]

Animal Noise – Really?

Animal Noise – Really?

Bees have a complex communication system which we beekeepers often marvel at. But they’re not the only creatures who can chat it up. Ever listened to prairie dogs? If you’ve spent some time out west, I’ll bet you’ve heard their bark. Here’s a neat Radiolab Short concerning animal communication. In nature, things are not often as simple as they seem, even the prairie dog’s yelp. […]

Warren Murrell – No More

Warren Murrell – No More

I’ve watched my dad’s health decline over the last few years. He was a strong man and I expected him to linger. But a massive cerebral hemorrhage quickly ended his life. He died with his family by his side. And without any suffering or pain. Burying a parent is what we all must go through. And it’s a natural process if we’re lucky enough to […]

Wandering Off Again

Wandering Off Again

Where to Now? Lately, I’ve been wandering off the bee natural pathway. And I bet you’re thinking here he goes again! But life is more than bees, especially when you live in Wyoming’s climate where there’s more none-bee weather than bee weather in a season. It will be many weeks before any meaningful inspection is possible. And real bee work is still months away. If […]

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