We haven't seen the sunshine much here lately, but when we do, it puts on quite a show this time of year.
I took my daughter trout fishing on a nearby lake last Tuesday. The water was mostly frozen, except for a few spots where someone had broken up the ice.
The lake is stocked with rainbow trout once a month by the DNR this time of year. I am hoping to catch enough fish to recompense the cost of my fishing license!
Ava was really excited at the idea of catching "rainbow fish" using the brightly colored Power Bait. We were not lucky this day though.
I told her we would eat them if we caught them. She said no--we would pet them gently and put them back. I love broiled trout with lemon, sage and butter. I'm afraid I will not be casting mine back! She can still pet them though, if she wants. ;)
This was a bright and beautiful late January sunrise, taken from my front yard.
A few landed on the snow and froze themselves to death.
I am too new to beekeeping to know exactly what they were coming outside for during this break in the weather. I believe some of the older bees will come out just to die, sacrificing themselves for the good of the colony so as not to use up precious resources. Some will make short trips out of the hive for the opportunity to relieve themselves. I checked the landing board for any sign of Nosema. So far so good.