Sunday, January 25, 2015

This, too, shall pass

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” ― Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ode to the West Wind"

It's hard to believe that spring is just around the corner, but it really is. Early last week, as I was driving along, I spotted this:

Sorry, I would've taken a close-up, but I didn't want the owners of the house thinking I was some kind of criminal casing the joint. Although you can't really tell in this photo, the tree has some teeny weeny catkins!

My excitement over a sign of impending spring was short-lived, though, since we were pelted with snow yesterday. My girls don't really seem to care, though. I took a peek at Austeja through the observation window, and she seems just fine. While the other colonies were content to huddle up indoors, Bubblegum was making cleansing flights today in 36 degree F weather. Actually, she seems to be the most active during cold weather. I wonder why. Maybe she gets more sun than the others.

Lots of bees running around on snow. They didn't appear to be eating it.
What were they doing?

Another winter storm/blizzard warning is in effect for tomorrow (blech), but I keep telling myself that spring really is just around the corner. I found this countdown clock to remind me that we're almost there. (What are those flowers? Quince?)

As soon as it warms up a little (which should start happening in about 5 or 6 weeks), it's going to be time to start repairing hives and building new ones. I can hardly wait!

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