Thursday, February 27, 2014
KEEP THE QUEEN WARM
That's how bees survive the frigid cold.
Even when the temperature dips below zero,
the hive's job is to keep the queen warm.
Bees cluster around the queen, flap their wings
and shiver in a tight ball, surrounding her majesty.
This generates enough heat to keep the queen
warm, even on the coldest days.
Bees eat the honey they've stored,
to have the energy to vibrate all winter long.
And thus, the queen survives
for the good of the hive.
My friend and beekeeper, Joy Stinger.
has also kept warm this winter,
and is ready for a new season
of delicious honey and pollen.
It's a miraculous relationship.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Ask anyone in Canton, Illinois
"what's the best restaurant in town?"
The answer's always the same . . .
Never mind fancy decor,
just the best food in town.
Cooked to order by owner/chef
Better get there early
for a seat at the counter!
(And yes, that's the Chief of Police
ordering his morning breakfast.)
Monday, February 24, 2014
WHAT'S NEW IN
Very little, actually,
and that's the problem.
Canton is a town frozen in time,
like stepping back 100 years.
Stately Victorian homes,
a downtown showing its age.
Antiques, including the buildings
that sell them, and a landmark
water tower in the center of town.
In the heart of the "corn belt,"
Canton is a rich agricultural community
with a foundry that invented the
first steel V-plow (in 1840),
and later grew into International Harvester.
Prosperous until a labor strike
shut IH down for 170 days
(the longest running strike in U.S. history),
followed by a suspicious fire which
burned the company to the ground.
Since then, Canton has struggled to
renew its economy and commerce.
But small town values keep this
historic town friendly and intact.
(Tomorrow, a tour of Canton's
Brown's Speedy Service Fine Foods.)
Sunday, February 23, 2014
INTO THE FOG
My latest trip (and absence)
took me north, into the fog.
More snow, more cold,
and deep winter fog.
(A perfect match for my blue mood.)
Slow driving. No driving.
Every view was a painting
It got me shooting again!
(Out of the fog scenes tomorrow.
Canton, Illinois -- a town frozen in time.)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
ENJOYING THE THAW
Nature favors circles and curves,
especially with melting snow.
We were fortunate to experience
temperatures in the 40s and 50s yesterday,
which was a very pleasant change
from our frigid weather.
Watching the snows melt and retreat
reminded me of "snow thaw circles",
a phenomenon that undisturbed snow & ice
melts in gradual circles.
We're due to get more snow today (1-3")
so our circles will no doubt fill in,
until the next warm day that is.