This is a big “THANK YOU” to the whole family for investing in my life in a great way a few months ago. Family members went together to give me a camera as a gift – and I have been putting it to use ever since. Of course I’m always taking pictures of bees, so the “macro lens” has been perfect. Here are a few pictures. Thank you family!
Sumac and Virgin’s Bower are both great bee plants…
The camera has also been useful in documenting other beekeeping events which can be using in teaching. Here are two pictures of a dead honey bee colony showing the cause of death…
The photo on the left shows a good sized cluster of bees with a marked queen in the center, and not a bit of food in any of the surrounding comb. This cluster was in the lower of the two brood chamber boxes. The box on top contained honey, and the bees had consumed some of it – but the whole cluster had not migrated up to where they needed to be to avoid starvation. Why did they remain in the lower box to starve? Shaking the bees off the frame revealed a patch of brood that they refused to abandon (right photo). Don’t that just tear yer heart t’pieces?
But death is not the end for the children of God who sacrifice themselves for others. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” – Hebrews 6:10-12
“And behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” – Revelation 22:12
With Resurrection Day less than a week away, I want to say “…thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57-58