Digression – Advertisements (scroll down for bees)

I just used a browser without an ad blocker or pop-up blocker installed. Went to a local news site to check the weather – and I was flooded by ads…even video that was loud and started playing automatically. And I had to close the browser to shut it off.

That’s not going to happen here. When a site (or magazine or radio show or whatever) sells time or space for advertising, they’re selling a demographic to the buyer – they’re selling you. You’re the product, effectively.

On this site, you’re the viewer – the consumer – the audience. You’re NOT the product. This is for you – you’re not a means to an end. Sure it costs something to run this place (more time than anything). And sure there are ways that you could return value for the value you get (if any) if you chose to. But ads? Never!

If I mention a product or a place or site or a venue or whatever, it’s going to be informational or a personal opinion – no quid pro quo.

This is sounding like a rant more than anything. That’s fair, I guess.

The general rule is that, if it’s free, you’re the product, not the customer. That’s not so here. It’s about bees. It’s about joy. It’s about that moment. Please enjoy!

/end rant

That Blue Pollen Bucket

Honeybee on a Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

Got lucky today being able to do what I mentioned yesterday – that is, find a bee on a Squill and show the blue pollen. Not the best pic of the flower, but if you look close, you can see that the pollen on the anthers is a neat blue color…and that she’s been harvesting it. Watch through the spring and the summer how the color (and size) of the pollen varies from flower to flower.

The honey we get from our foster hives is interesting, too. In the spring, it’s a very light amber. In the fall it’s dark…almost opaque. And has a different taste (both are fantastic).

A few more of this series coming later. I really enjoy that blue pollen.

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