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This headlines is somewhat misleading to me.
Poor weather can easily be blamed for a failed apple crop, but ultimately it is the lack of pollinators that result in a failed crop. It can be argued that it is really the weather that is the cause of a failed crop because even with many pollinators present, rain will deter these bees from coming out of their nests and pollinating. Yes this is correct, but in times of poor weather there are always a few short periods of sunny weather- and yes these may be very short! But even if these sunny breaks are very short, IF you have bees close by, it is amazing what bees can do in 10 mins- or 20 or 40 mins. This is why there is all the more reason to have pollinators close by fruit trees that you want to get pollinated.-Margriet
Thank you to Harry Burton for emailing this link
|Northern Arrow Lake,BC,Canada|
|Ferry crossing of northern Arrow Lakes|
We often forget how beautiful a place is, and often it is the region where we live. While travelling this summer we travelled north from Castlegar to Revelstoke (British Columbia, Canada) We crossed the northern Arrow Lakes with a ferry and the views were awesome. We camped at a Provincial campsite adjacent to the lake that night, had a nice campfire with other campers and had a very pleasant evening.
Have a great summer!
We visited our family during the kid’s summer holidays and on our return from Prince George the aspen trees caught my attention.
Between Prince George (northern British Columbia) and Quesnel, the majority of aspen trees looked grey. During the summer and early autumn, the foliage of aspen trees is a deep green, not quite as dark as the evergreen trees in the area. The trees looked oddly ghostly, not normal at all. I first thought it might be a mildew infestation. Then I thought, it might be possible that an early frost had hit the trees. But this did not seem right because a frost would hit the top branches and not necessary the inner branches.
I finally stopped to have a closer look. I soon realized it was an insect infestation. Insect larvae had eaten through the very thin layers of a leaf and exited at the far end of the leaf. The reason why leaves appeared grey was because the green chlorophyll layer had been eaten by the insect larvae. The patterns created by these insects were beautiful.
A further look at the Aspen leaf miner, see link at the end of this article.
|Beautiful patterns in a aspen leaf.|
|A pathway of an insect|
|Ghostly looking trembling aspen|
|Along the Prince George Highway BC grey aspen were the norm.|
|A grey forest!|
|Grey aspen in the foreground. Green fir in the background.|
|During the summer months, aspen are similar in colour
to other green plants below the aspen.
The grey was startling against a backdrop of green fir and close to pale
green herbaceous plants.
|The whole aspen tree canopy was consumed by these insects.|
In nature, you never know what there is to see.
|Walking trails in the Center|
|Depending on the light, cliffs are either red, burnt orange
purple or varying co.lours in between.
|Honey bee colony on a cliff in the Center.|
We saw quite a bit of wild life including kangaroos and lots of birds. There were very few insects around because night time temperatures were around freezing a lot of the nights. I was pleasantly surprised though when Matt showed me a honey bee colony. Matt told me he had seen them at this location before. It was about 30 feet up on a cliff. Honey bee comb attached to an open cliff would be a rare sight in Canada, but in Desert country it is the perfect place. There is very little rain to speak of so a colony does not need protection from the rain. Since it had rained recently, trees and shrubs were showing off their bloom. This of course means food for honey bees.
|Gum tree flowers with a foraging honey bee.|
|Hakia flowers provide lots of nectar for birds called Honey-eaters|
|River beds and cliffs provide great habitat for all kinds
of wildlife including lizards, cliff dwelling birds and hawks.
|Olive tree flowers in full bloom- end of May.|
|The huge and awesome Colosseum of Rome.|
|The local roads of the ancient Roman town of Pompei with Mt Vesuvius in the background.|
|One of the beautiful mosaics of Pompei.|
|A delicate 5 coloured mosaic in the ancient coastal port of Rome, Ostia Antica.
Most mosaics that we saw were black and white.