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  1. ? I’m going cross eyed YesBut Hey got some lovely sources using first hand observation....hope they aren’t colour blind. Top left chart = spring pollen loads Top right chart = summer pollen loads Bottom right chart = autumn pollen loads Bottom left chart = winter pollen loads -had to work hard to find these having each chart full makes it look like there are no times of dearth Or hardship for colonies -The compositional aesthetics over rode other considerations here. There were many more sources I had to leave out for Spring and Summer in this draft. That’s why you prod
  2. The data I have is both international and national. This scope causes this first draft artwork to be imperfect. It will have its own charming character because of this. I can already see its limitations and how subsequent work will evolve. I may produce artworks for specific countries, people, organisations if I weather this first stage collating from wider than national sources. National sources and studies are thorough but limited. Colours are described in words rather than showing the actual hue in NZ sources, for instance - Walsh NZ versus Kirk UK. The project is requiring me to radically
  3. Good point @Maggie Jamesthank you very helpful. Yes I will define my own context, scope of data and limitations of my work.
  4. Just a quick update. Yep I’m still working on the art work. The colours are complete on the four charts ready for labelling by hand. About a 1000 colours in total. This draft has made it apparent that any future artwork requires at 12 X A0 charts, one for each month, to display any where near the number of plant variety’s Honey bees gather pollen from: the information demands twelve times more space than the present draft. It’s looking like an exhibition size project, goodness knows where that would be displayed or housed. I must be completely mental but I’m happy so who cares.
  5. Yes, spare floors and boxes are useful. I try to assess health and move frame by frame, rather than heft by the full box: yep I’m a bit of a girl’s blouse with a middle aged lower back. With 3 hives you can. This first sunny-day warm spring looksee I moved each of my 3 hives, 1 frame at a time into empty dry boxes on dry clean floors, basically moved the house contents into new houses. Even the hives on HD bases had a mingy-wet south west wall in their top boxes. I think its the spring lids letting in water and they were bringing in winter nectar and bringing down 2:1 syrup from the top
  6. Wishing you a swift recovery from that big surgery @Neville...let us know if the wider entrance helps
  7. My apologies @tommy dave and @Sailabee. There is indeed a huge difference between hobbyist beekeeping and commercial beekeeping. People like me starting out are lucky to have access to the insight offered here in the monthly diary and these forums, and at clubs.
  8. Tanners point - a bit of a contrast to the start of last season with one nuc and many events to learn from -sunny-warm Sunday looksee -3 hives 3 lively queens laying like wee machines, middle BB frames full of capped brood, so it looks like they are gearing up. The 2 x 2 BB hives had honey being stored. I moved the apiary to a sunnier position in Autumn. The tea towel ‘blankets’ I put over the brood area seemed to have kept the overwinterers cosy, but the Queen in the Mother Hive had laid all her brood above the ‘blanket and the bees were piling honey into the lower box. Interesting. Lots of
  9. Could you dissolve the citric acid powder in a small amount of water in a measuring jug, add the solution to the glycerine and then sit it beside a dehumifier to reduce the moisture content once again -or would that time lost mean the mix loses efficacy?
  10. Hang in there ...keep posting...get a local Beek to take a look-see.....are you open to using something other than thymol at this time....?
  11. Yes coloured pencil is great to use! The water colour ones are softer and blend and build up nicely, no need for water. I’m with you on that, I tend to do my botanical drawings in coloured pencil too. My profile picture was a first and last attempt at digital drawing? I have hurt my MC ligament hefting raised gardens and soil around the back of house so I will be forced back to doing the database -a good thing. Not keen on doing the necessary boring bits. Hurumph.
  12. It’s well worth paying a mentor in your first year. Boy does it increase your clarity and understanding to watch a pro open and analyse a hive’s health and status.?Interesting how much more one remembers in this situation.
  13. Good idea. I get the hort heating pad out.
  14. Quick Update: All the colours are in on all 4 quadrants...finding enough Winter and Autumn pollens slowed things down. The Paper trail is a doorstop now. So its become obvious i need to put it all into a database. This first chart is a draft its a funny mix of whatever i could find world wide, so its NZ, AU, EU, dominated in plant origins. So I’m collating at least 1500 plant pollen types and colours, with whatever quality and quantity information I have found. Now that is something that will be a bit easier to share with you. Some information is unverified and the authorship is not declared,
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