|bee on borage, acrylic on wood, 5 x 5" SOLD|
|honeybee on rhaphiolepis, acrylic on wood, 5.12 x 5.12" SOLD|
|bee on iris, acrylic on wood, 5 x 5.5", SOLD|
|bee on mustard (green), acrylic on wood, 3.5 x 5", SOLD|
|bee on mustard (sky), acrylic on wood, 3.75 x 5.25" SOLD|
|acrylic on panel, 3.5 x 5"|
|bee on scabiosa in our garden|
|honeybee on spanish lavender SOLD|
|at Matanzas Creek|
|bees on Spanish lavender|
|as the blossoms open|
"There exist greater than 300 different distinct types of honey. Flavor, aroma and color of a honey can differ substantially based on the flowers that nectar was collected from. Honey flavors range from slight hints of sweetness to great bounds of distinct flavor, its colors similarly can run the gambit of being a clear as water to a deep dark brown. There exist as many flavors of honey in the world as exists combinations of blossoms in bloom at the same time." via wikibooksClick over here for more info on varieties of honey, including lists of the attributes (including color differences) which are dependent on the plants bees have visited.
|bee on verbascum, acrylic on plywood, 8.5 x 7" |
"To collect nectar, or to collect pollen is a choice. Worker bees that are collecting nectar take longer in each flower, probing the flower’s nectaries with their tongues for sweet droplets which they carry in their crops back to the hives. Bee that are gathering nectar will accomplish some pollination by accident.
But other bees make the choice to deliberately gather pollen, likely because there is quite a bit of open brood in the hive that requires the pollen for protein for its development....These bees do not probe with their tongues; rather they “doggy paddle” through the stamens to get as much pollen as possible to adhere to their fuzzy bodies. Then they comb this pollen into their pollen baskets and carry it home. Bees that are deliberately gathering pollen are as much as ten times more efficient pollinators than those who are gathering nectar."