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Desert Flowers in Bloom

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Poppy Flower

Poppy Flower

Every few years the desert bursts into bloom - poppies flood the landscape in profusive oranges and reds, touched by dabs of bright yellow. The desert floor is covered with tiny white, purple, green, yellow, blue flowers - nothing distinguishable from a roadside drive-by but rather a paint brush's sweep until one stops to inspect closely.

The Poppy Poppy Fields 3 Poppy Field 1 Fields of Poppy Desert Fields Desert Poppy In Bloom Fields of Poppy Roadside Poppy Field

And so we beekeepers head out quickly and silently into the night and early morning to set up our hives in anticipation of an abundance of nectar all of which would be turned into honey.

 

Desert Site 4AM Klaus Placing Bees Klaus Placing Hives Desert Floral Road Desert Shot Desert Flowers

The desert floor is covered with tiny white, purple, green, yellow, blue flowers - nothing distinguishable from a roadside drive-by but rather a paint brush's sweep until one stops to inspect closely.

 

Desert Site Desert Site 5AM Tiny Desert Blanket Flora Desert Floor Desert Flora

The desert can be an inhospitable home - and yet one of the most beautiful. Once the move of the bees from one place to another has been made - the transfer at night and settling in before day break - the bees are left to 'get acquainted' with their new surroundings - we, beekeepers, return that same afternoon with water to set up the site fully

 

Supplying Water 50 Gallon

Klaus and I return the following day to make sure that the bees have located their water source and that there have been no intruders. He will walk the site. With 50 gallon drums of water in place the bees, under the desert sun, consumed full drums within a week's time (this being used to cool the hives through refrigeration/flapping of the wings and in thirst).

 

Desert Vista Desert Flora Site Desert Site Sheltered Klaus Bee Keep Desert Mirror Action Desert

But alas, the bloom lasted such a short period that there was no nectar to be had, no honey to be made - the desert floor blooms dried up in the parching heat.

 

Desert Flora Close Desert Rattler Warming Desert Dweller On Way Home

And once again, in hopes of Desert Bloom honey we bring the last (3rd) set of hives from the almond groves to try out the desert flowers a location different from previous years. Whether we stay is under debate as the flowers abound but is there anything there for the bees to live on or make honey. The travel time from the groves is a little over 3+hours along the #99 to the #5, up and over the Grape Vine to #138.

 

Poppy field 2010 Poppy water supply Poppy Desert Desert Bloom
Erika in cab - desert 09S Roadside bloom - desert Roadside Desert Bloom Roadside Desert Bloom 2 Klaus at site 09S

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