Winter in South Florida

Winter in South Florida

Yeoh, -26F in Wyoming! I ponder this as new blooms emerge on my banana plants. I think this is one reason I left there and moved here!

After Hurricane Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew

The hurricane shutters are off. The streets are clear of debris. Things are returning to normal after hurricane Matthew passed by. But the ocean is another story. Except for one day, the ocean remains a mess: the water is murky it has a greenish-gray color the waves are rough, confused and jumbled The beach looks like it’s in the midst of a big winter storm. […]

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew became very dangerous, very fast. It has come and gone on the Treasure Coast. And we have survived the last 72 hours essentially unscathed. The “farm”, our backyard garden was destroyed. But that’s of no consequence compared to the: 140mph winds 7′ sea surge 10″ of rain the embedded tornadoes and resulting loss of power, roof, property that we had expected. That destruction was so close, […]

Anthropocene

Anthropocene

I’ve been pondering the Anthropocene since my geology college days. Having seen the geological evidence of how other ages mass have dramatically changed, I wondered how we will fare. In Anthropocene, on the TED Radio Hour, noted thinkers do a little pondering of their own. It’s entertaining and well worth a listen if the Anthropocene has crossed your mind. -dBguy

Cool Night Air

Cool Night Air

It’s a mid-August, South Florida night. The frogs, crickets, cicadas and other night creatures, retreating from the heat of day, now return filling the night with song. And like them, sub tropical nights are a special time. The air is cool. The sounds of nature overwhelm civilization’s buzz. And sweet perfume fills the night air. Ah, the joys of living in a subtropical swamp. In […]

Friend is Back

Friend is Back

Great news. I just saw Friend! What a welcome sight. She wandered out of the woods across the street from us. Headed past my driveway. Stopped. Starred. Took a few more steps toward the vacant lot next to us. Stopped. Starred again. Craned her neck. Paused as if in shock. And, after a few moments, headed back towards the woods. That small plot of paradise, […]

It’s Hot!

It’s Hot!

It’s that time of year in South Florida. The sub tropical sun boils Florida’s water vapor producing some of most unbearable heat and humidity around. It’s a time of year that Floridians can just barely endure.  But those who stick it out the next 2 months, figure it’s a fair trade for the 10 months of ideal weather that follows. In Florida, air conditioning and the […]

Razed Paradise and Put in a Residential Lot

Razed Paradise and Put in a Residential Lot

The Lot After a little paradise was lost, I needed time to recover from shock, before writing this. Now, looking out my office window, I’m surprised at just how harsh it is. the flat, rilled sand looks just like the mine tailings piles I helped create and then reclaim in the 70’s(karma?) like the tailings piles, there’s not a living thing there now the reflected heat and […]

Drought Portal

Drought Portal

Drought is an ever present factor when keeping bees in the western United States. And with global warming, our western climates are getting hotter and drier than ever. Want to monitor drought conditions? The U.S. Drought Portal is a new government service that provides information and daily updates on drought conditions. Check it out. -dBguy

Human Hive

Human Hive

We humans marvel at the efficacy of the honeybee colony. That superorganism houses, breeds, feeds, cares, cleans, defends and propagates itself in the most efficient and resilient manner possible. In spite of all the challenges and changes, the honeybee has survived intact for millions of years, while most everything else with origins that ancient has disappeared. So, if humans were given the opportunity, what would […]

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