Bees and Blossoms
March 23, 2013 by Yugen
We have an old tree that is in the middle of the triangular patch of ground in front of the office that looks like it is dead. It is charred all up the trunk, looking like it was struck by lightning. I don't actually know what happened to it. Every year at this time, the tree comes alive for a short season—it buds and the beautiful white blossoms fill the one living branch that remains.
These pictures are of the honey bees that take advantage of the small window of opportunity that the tree offers up. If the fruit trees blossom too early, a hard frost in late spring can kill them off. The apple and pear trees have only just started to bud, but this tree and the white plum tree are the habitual early bloomers. If you come up to the center in the next few weeks, take a moment to look at them before another year passes and they return to apparent dormancy.