Mints are very attractive group of plants for bees because it produces lots of nectar.
The cone like flower structures of the pineapple mint consist of numerous florets that open, starting at the base of the cone. It takes about 3-4 weeks for all florets to open.
|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.
This is one of my favorite flowers! Dandelions are a welcome color in the spring and they are a great source of both nectar and pollen for bees and other insects.
|This honey bee (left hand side) and mason bee are too busy feeding on a dandelion flower to notice
the photographer Dave M. Port Alberni, BC.