The Birds and The Bees

I had the most amazing time at the Salman Ranch in New Mexico! The flower gardens are just beautiful. I thought you might like to see some pictures!

Rock ruins like these are common in New Mexico, and I find them fascinating. I just wonder who built it? How did they haul in all that rock before diesel trucks and heavy equipment? And HOW did they build such straight walls by stacking flat rocks on top of one another? Horses and buggies and TOUGH people, that’s how. Fascinating, I tell you!

The rock walls at Salman Ranch are the best because these 150+ year old walls now house the flower gardens. It was late season when I was there, but the flowers were still blooming and gorgeous.

How about a few close ups?

Pincushion Flower

Phlox?

Cosmos?

Coneflower

Do you see the bee on that pink flower? That’s a honeybee! The Salman Ranch has honeybee hives over by the raspberry field. These bees are responsible for pollinating the entire raspberry field, and they were also very busy in the flower gardens! As a person who is allergic to most insect bites, I normally make tracks FAST when I see a wasp or a bee. But these bees were different. They were friendly. I’m even going to say they were courteous! When we were picking raspberries, the bees were very gentle. They would even go to a different branch if my hand reached near the blossoms they were working on. Friendly bees, I tell you!

I am in love with the honeybees.

Honeybee Hives

When I got home I read up on the honeybees and learned that in some areas of the world, they are becoming ENDANGERED! In China, for example, farmers in one area have to pollinate their apple blossoms by hand with a tool they fashion out of a cigarette butt and a chicken feather. Declining bee populations are becoming a problem worldwide and pesticides are to blame. It’s a true story. Bees are responsible for pollinating 70% of the 90 crop species that feed the world. We need honeybees! If you would like to learn about giving bees a home in exchange for honey and beeswax, click here:

Beekeeping

I want a honeybee hive in my backyard, because they are such sweet creatures and are so beneficial to the planet, but I learned that once a year the bees do this thing called “swarming.” It’s when they are getting a new queen and they become stirred up. I decided that I love honeybees, but honeybees with hormones probably aren’t the kind of pets I need with my allergy. Maybe I will get an Epi-Pen and do it anyway.

This next photo shows something I just learned about this year, Virginia Creeper. See that red vine climbing up the tree?

During the growing season it is green, so it’s less noticeable. In the fall when it turns red, however, it really stands out! Here’s another picture:

I noticed a lot of Virginia Creeper in Mora Valley that weekend. Most of it was growing in pine trees. Then, when I returned home I began to notice the vine growing in a lot of pine trees in my hometown. Then I began to wonder if it was deliberately planted by savvy gardeners who knew how nice the pine trees would look in the fall when the Virginia Creeper turned red, or if it was simply transmitted from tree to tree by birds who like to perch in pine trees after they’ve eaten the berries from the red vines. (The berries are poisonous to humans, so please don’t eat them. Let the birds have them.) Then I decided I was thinking way too much and decided to change the subject. But not before driving around my hometown looking for the vibrant red vine in my neighbors’ pine trees. There are seven just in my neighborhood!

How about some more flower pictures?

Sunflowers

Pincushion Flower with Honeybee

I hope you have enjoyed our visit about the birds and the bees. See you later!

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  1. Pingback: The Flowers, The Greens, and The Bees | Stories of My Wandering Feet (& Mind)

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