It is interesting to see different animals and bugs appear and disappear. Bee species are one that have changed over the year. The most prevalent bee now is the one commercialy used to produce honey. I can never remember seeing these bees when I was a youngster. They gather pollen all over their legs and body and fly away slowly back to the nest with their bounty.
The pictures here are of a bee I’ve never seen before. The first thing I noticed was it’s size. It is the size of about a quarter. It seems to defy physics with it’s small wings allowing flight. The second thing you notice is it’s long beak that it sticks inside the flower to suck out the nectar, kind of like a hummingbird. A matter of fact, the other day, a hummingbird was doing the same in the gooseberry bushes, along side one of these giant, and there wasn’t much of a size difference
The bee would load up and fly away, After a short time it would be back. It didn’t seem aggressive. Perhaps it is a queen getting a jump on a hive.
A long weekend is slamming us in the face. Regardless I’m looking forward to a few days off.
The Albertans are streaming into the Valley, defying the no travel order, trying to avoid the Covid restrictions in their own province, imposed because of Alberta’s high case numbers.
Even Alberta’s Premier, Jason Kenny, says Alberta has a compliance problem.
Damn, I hate politicians.
With that said, traffic seems to be down with rec vehicles sporting Alberta plates. Very unusual heading into a long weekend.
Invermere Mayor, Al Miller, has even asked tourists to stay home this weekend so we may have a good summer. This is surprising. The Mayor’s mantra, up to now, has been for the ‘respectful’ Alberta tourists to defy travel restrictions and come to the Covid free, open for business, Columbia Valley. He has been acting less like a mayor and more like an old addled Welcome Wagon lady.
Surely, he can see the end is in sight and he doesn’t want to be judged by history as a complete moron.
Still give Mayor Miller his due, this time he did the right thing. It might even cost him a couple bucks in his hardware store.
My good neighbour Larry went planting in the bush today and found the first Calypso Orchids. Bastard!