Saturday, July 5, 2008

Nature walk

We got out for a little walk with the kids this morning, before the heat of the day, at a Northwest Reno park called Dorostkar Park. We hadn't really been to this park before, but it turned out to have a really cool little nature walk on an island-ey kind of thing between the main part of the Truckee River and a side channel. Here's the bridge over the channel to the start of the trail:



Julien got to see some interesting plants:



And he insisted we take a picture of this cool grass:



We also found this big clump of bees inside a bush. Not sure what was going on with that, but they were really interested in whatever was in there. Click on this picture to enlarge and see the bees, it's worth it...



Sofia was dawdling, and I hung out with her...



But that let me take some fun pictures of her, like on the bridge crossing back over:



And on a rock with a stick back near the car. Very entertaining, that rock and stick...

4 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

What a beautiful morning! And you can't even see any smoke in the pictures. Maybe that's a hive you found? Great pics. :)

OneHorseFarms said...

It is a swarm. They clump around an area like that when they are swarming.

(AKA the queen bee says, "SEE YOU SUCKAS!" and leaves with part of the hive.)

They hang out like that (probably with some mead) and decide where they should move to.

Anonymous said...

I believe the swarm keeps the queen warm while scouts look for a new hive location. Those in the swarm are so busy keeping the queen warm that they do not pose as much threat to people as may be suspected, unless bothered. It is an awesome sight, as one cannot usually see so many bees when they are inside a hive.

Corinne said...

Great pictures! I can't believe how long it's been since I've seen the kids. They do have a tendency to grow up. The bee picture is fabulous, Allison enjoyed it very much!