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Show Me the Honey: From Your Bees!

A honey bee foraging on star thistle, Centaurea solstitialis. It's an invasive weed but makes great honey, beekeepers and honey connoisseurs say. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Imagine watching your honey bees gathering nectar from star thistle--which some beekeepers claim makes the best honey. (Yes, Centaurea solstitialis is an invasive weed. The love-hate relationship runs deep; farmers and environmentalists hate it;...

A Honey of a Festival, and an Inaugural Festival at That!

Apis Inlusio, a sculpture art car designed to look like a bee, drew thousands of onlookers. Part of the 2013 Burning Man Festival, it is  based in San Francisco.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was indeed a honey of a festival. When the inaugural California Honey Festival buzzed into Woodland on Saturday, May 6, organizers figured attendance might total around 3,000. No. It did not. It tallied about 20,000, according to organizer Amina...

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:07 PM

So, Sweet! The Inaugural California Honey Festival in Historic Downtown Woodland

A taste of honey. From the comb to the bottle, that's the route of honey to the California Honey Festival on Saturday, May 6. (Photo by Kath

It promises to be...oh, so sweet! The inaugural California Honey Festival, to take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6 on a four-block stretch in historic downtown Woodland, will draw folks from all over state and beyond. And it's free and...

Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:30 PM

UC Davis Researcher to Discuss Fascinating World of Orchid Bees

Santiago Ramirez captured this image of an orchid bee on an orchid. The tropical bees are distributed throughout Central and South America.

In the human world, women may splash themselves with perfume to attract men, but did you know that in the orchid bee world, males gather perfume compounds to attract females? Heaven scent? Orchid bee researcher Santiago Ramirez, an assistant professor...

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Helicoptering in on the Spanish Lavender

A honey bee nectaring on Spanish lavender. This was taken with a Nikon D500 and a 200mm macro lens. Settings: ISO 3200, f-stop 13, and shutter speed of 1/640 of a second. No flash. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you like writing with light (photography), then you'll probably love capturing images of honey bees spinning like helicopters. In the late afternoon, when the light softens, head over to your favorite Spanish lavender patch. Pull up a chair, listen...

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