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'A' is for Almonds and 'B' is for Bees and Bradford Pear Blossoms

Benicia resident Gordon Hough captured this image of a bee nectaring on a Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear or another cultivar) at the Benicia State Recreation Area on Monday, Jan. 21, as identified by Daniel Potter, UC Davis professor of plant sciences.

No, it's not Valentine's Day, yet. Yes, the almonds are blooming. No, it's not spring. But it looks like spring in Benicia. The almonds are blooming in the Benicia (Calif.) State Recreation Area. Some are on the road at the entrance to the...

Benicia resident Gordon Hough captured this image of a bee nectaring on a Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear or another cultivar) at the Benicia State Recreation Area on Monday, Jan. 21, as identified by Daniel Potter, UC Davis professor of plant sciences.
Benicia resident Gordon Hough captured this image of a bee nectaring on a Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear or another cultivar) at the Benicia State Recreation Area on Monday, Jan. 21, as identified by Daniel Potter, UC Davis professor of plant sciences.

Benicia resident Gordon Hough captured this image of a bee nectaring on a Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear or another cultivar) at the Benicia State Recreation Area on Monday, Jan. 21, as identified by Daniel Potter, UC Davis professor of plant sciences.

Almonds are blooming in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Almonds are blooming in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almonds are blooming in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bumble Bee's Daily Commute?

Yellow-faced bumble bee lands on The Morning Star. (Photo taken with an IPhone)

If you've ever been to Angel Island or Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, you may have seen them.Bumble bees.And sometimes if you're fishing in the Bay, a bumble bee may land on your boat.That was the case Monday, May 28 when the sportsfishing...

Yellow-faced bumble bee lands on The Morning Star. (Photo taken with an IPhone)
Yellow-faced bumble bee lands on The Morning Star. (Photo taken with an IPhone)

Yellow-faced bumble bee lands on The Morning Star. (Photo taken with an IPhone)

The characteristic yellow band on the abdomen of Bombus vosnesenskii. The bee landed on the boat and after a 10-minute rest, took off.
The characteristic yellow band on the abdomen of Bombus vosnesenskii. The bee landed on the boat and after a 10-minute rest, took off.

The characteristic yellow band on the abdomen of Bombus vosnesenskii. The bee landed on the boat and then after a 10-minute rest, took off.

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Almonds a' Bloomin'

Benicia resident Gordon Hough stops to check for honey bees at the Benicia State Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Almond pollination season in California traditionally begins around Valentine's Day. This year, however, thanks to the unseasonably warm weather, almond trees began blooming in late January in some parts of Central California.Take the city of Benicia....

Benicia resident Gordon Hough stops to check for honey bees at the Benicia State Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Benicia resident Gordon Hough stops to check for honey bees at the Benicia State Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Benicia resident Gordon Hough stops to check for honey bees at the Benicia State Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Delicate almond blossoms exuding
Delicate almond blossoms exuding "perfume" at Benicia State Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Delicate almond blossoms exuding "perfume" at Benicia State Park. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An ant crawls on an almond blossom in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An ant crawls on an almond blossom in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An ant crawls on an almond blossom in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:15 PM
 
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