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Friday, May 10, 2013

Have you Heard the Buzz?

This isn’t a rumor. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. The bee situation at our community garden is growing. There are many hundreds of bees—maybe thousands! This morning I stopped by to see whether they’d moved from my garden bed. (Three days ago I’d heard that they were camping at my garden, ready to pollinate things and help me grow tomatoes the size of watermelons.) Today the group at my garden bed is about twice the size it was Tuesday and there’s another group at someone else’s bed. We both have wooden trellises and I guess the bees like them. They weren’t interested in me, and I was able to get a few feet away to capture some photos. While I’m not looking to be stung, I wanted to get a good view of the bees as I have never been so close to that many before.

Here’s the bee population at my bed today:

This is a close-up photo (in case Seinfeld makes a sequel to his Bee Movie and needs extras):
Here’s the population at the other bed:

It’s been a few hours since I went bee-gazing and apparently the situation has changed again. Employees at the store next to our garden told one of our community gardeners that a huge swarm of bees flew over the street and onto their next adventure. The bees at my bed are still hanging around, so this tale continues. I know—you’re at the edge of your seat. Don’t worry—I’ll keep ya posted!

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