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End of Winter – Subtropical Bloom

Although subtropical seasons are tightly bound to wet and dry, there is a subtropic winter. But by February it’s gone. no chance of temperature below 50 winds shift from NE to SW humidity increases dramatically chance of thundershowers temperate climate plants thinks it’s June dormant tropical plants revive subtropical plants bloom Mango Mango bloom marks […]

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Turquoise Water – Not

  Ah transparent turquoise water blended in an azure sea, framed by palm lined, white sand beaches, crystal sky, and a warm tropical sun. It’s a magical, delightful, intoxicating image and experience. But in the subtropics, the ocean isn’t alway this way. Today, it’s everything it shouldn’t be, cold, dark, opaque, foreboding, and ugly. Not […]

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Manatee Time

Well, our annual two days of winter have arrived. Highest temperatures will be in the 50s, lows are in the low 30s. Infrequently, the lowest temperatures dip into the upper 20s. This year it’s forecast to be an exceptionally cold one. For those adjusted to usual 80 degree subtropical temperatures, that cold. I’m one of […]

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Reflections – 2010

It’s time to reflect on the previous season’s beekeeping. This is the most disastrous beekeeping year I’ve ever had. And I’ve a few bad ones. But this is the first bad one since going natural, more than a decade ago. When things are going great it’s easy to get complacent. But in beekeeping just like […]

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