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  1. ? I’m going cross eyed YesBut Hey got some lovely sources using first hand observation....hope they aren’t colour blind. Top left chart = spring pollen loads Top right chart = summer pollen loads Bottom right chart = autumn pollen loads Bottom left chart = winter pollen loads -had to work hard to find these having each chart full makes it look like there are no times of dearth Or hardship for colonies -The compositional aesthetics over rode other considerations here. There were many more sources I had to leave out for Spring and Summer in this draft. That’s why you produce drafts.
  2. The data I have is both international and national. This scope causes this first draft artwork to be imperfect. It will have its own charming character because of this. I can already see its limitations and how subsequent work will evolve. I may produce artworks for specific countries, people, organisations if I weather this first stage collating from wider than national sources. National sources and studies are thorough but limited. Colours are described in words rather than showing the actual hue in NZ sources, for instance - Walsh NZ versus Kirk UK. The project is requiring me to radically ‘delay reward’ and to remain self disciplined. A typical experience when creating a fairly complex piece of work. The artwork is my focus not writing a book. I’m an artist and I taught an industry qualification organic horticulture so I do appreciate your interest in national Flowering times and local variance in climate Maggie. Each plant providing Honey bees with nectar and pollen in the database also records the Hardiness zone in which the data was gathered, the original country or region each plant derives from, possible hues of the pollen load and flowering times according to each source. Each data source has its own code indicating place of origin, degree of reliability of the data source, and whether the data is verifiable or unverifiable. I have used as many peer reviewed sources as possible but the topic is fairly obscure and not much has been written on it; therefore I’m drawing from sources internationally and nationally. This has all been Harvard referenced, and a wider bibliography is also recorded. There’s over 75 sources in my bibliography at this point from online sources, books and journals, all cited. The library at SCION, YesBut and David Black made some hard to source books and papers available to me, and that help has been pivotal. This solid base has taken eighteen months to form. It will take nigh on 3 years to complete this first stage draft artwork and database, if I don’t go mental first.
  3. Good point @Maggie Jamesthank you very helpful. Yes I will define my own context, scope of data and limitations of my work.
  4. Just a quick update. Yep I’m still working on the art work. The colours are complete on the four charts ready for labelling by hand. About a 1000 colours in total. This draft has made it apparent that any future artwork requires at 12 X A0 charts, one for each month, to display any where near the number of plant variety’s Honey bees gather pollen from: the information demands twelve times more space than the present draft. It’s looking like an exhibition size project, goodness knows where that would be displayed or housed. I must be completely mental but I’m happy so who cares. I have 75 hardcopy (nectar), pollen colour and quality references with about half those being relevant and the other being part of a wider bibliography. I’m now collating relevant material in a Numbers database, doing my best as an artist handling scientific data. The resource is primarily for myself, so I can finish my own series of artworks. I’ll make the data and image available In PDF form to the kind contributors on the pollen colour thread who wanted it. I couldn’t bring myself to do a half hearted draft artwork, stumbling through 70 pieces of hard copy reference material, it was clearly more efficient to take one step back, rank and collate the information, and then enter data onto the artwork. I have 1200 plant variety entries in the database and I’m about a half way through the data entry from my hard copies. My own hives are going well too. 3 nice wee colonies and 3 nucs with young queens ready for spring. So it’s not all art there’s honey and beeking going on too.
  5. Yes, spare floors and boxes are useful. I try to assess health and move frame by frame, rather than heft by the full box: yep I’m a bit of a girl’s blouse with a middle aged lower back. With 3 hives you can. This first sunny-day warm spring looksee I moved each of my 3 hives, 1 frame at a time into empty dry boxes on dry clean floors, basically moved the house contents into new houses. Even the hives on HD bases had a mingy-wet south west wall in their top boxes. I think its the spring lids letting in water and they were bringing in winter nectar and bringing down 2:1 syrup from the top feeder during stormy weeks and condensing these down. My one solid hive floor (made originally by Brian Alexander, a thing of simple beauty) had kept my weakest one box hive in really good shape over winter. That solid hive floor and wooden entrance reducer is just great, perfect dimensions and functionality, I must make copies -and fix my leaky spring lid situation.
  6. Wishing you a swift recovery from that big surgery @Neville...let us know if the wider entrance helps
  7. My apologies @tommy dave and @Sailabee. There is indeed a huge difference between hobbyist beekeeping and commercial beekeeping. People like me starting out are lucky to have access to the insight offered here in the monthly diary and these forums, and at clubs.
  8. Tanners point - a bit of a contrast to the start of last season with one nuc and many events to learn from -sunny-warm Sunday looksee -3 hives 3 lively queens laying like wee machines, middle BB frames full of capped brood, so it looks like they are gearing up. The 2 x 2 BB hives had honey being stored. I moved the apiary to a sunnier position in Autumn. The tea towel ‘blankets’ I put over the brood area seemed to have kept the overwinterers cosy, but the Queen in the Mother Hive had laid all her brood above the ‘blanket and the bees were piling honey into the lower box. Interesting. Lots of activity at the hive entrance, very white pollen coming in and pink-red pollen. Doing mite checks etc., and I’m glad they are all alive and well. Onwards with the learning no doubt. Well the lumber jacks might end up under a felled tree....the crowd funding proposal is equivalent to china plates piled up high balanced just on an egg cup. The ABC course is an intro, it’s a good hobbyist introduction, its not an industry qualification.,,,even the 1 year NZQA Apiculture Certificate is just a grounding for apprentices. Then you go and work for people like Maru, Gino, or Alistair or Sailbee or tommy dave or any of the other pros we are lucky to hear from here, for a decade, then you might have the credentials to start creating your own model... a fast track venture, a well presented shiny spiel, with a good heart and good intentions, but without shop floor experience and industry training may well be a very risky investment. The trouble is, people who don’t keep bees may not pick up the lack of depth of experience behind the idea. I do hope investors do get some jars of honey in the mail.
  9. Could you dissolve the citric acid powder in a small amount of water in a measuring jug, add the solution to the glycerine and then sit it beside a dehumifier to reduce the moisture content once again -or would that time lost mean the mix loses efficacy?
  10. Hang in there ...keep posting...get a local Beek to take a look-see.....are you open to using something other than thymol at this time....?
  11. Yes coloured pencil is great to use! The water colour ones are softer and blend and build up nicely, no need for water. I’m with you on that, I tend to do my botanical drawings in coloured pencil too. My profile picture was a first and last attempt at digital drawing? I have hurt my MC ligament hefting raised gardens and soil around the back of house so I will be forced back to doing the database -a good thing. Not keen on doing the necessary boring bits. Hurumph.
  12. It’s well worth paying a mentor in your first year. Boy does it increase your clarity and understanding to watch a pro open and analyse a hive’s health and status.?Interesting how much more one remembers in this situation.
  13. Good idea. I get the hort heating pad out.
  14. Quick Update: All the colours are in on all 4 quadrants...finding enough Winter and Autumn pollens slowed things down. The Paper trail is a doorstop now. So its become obvious i need to put it all into a database. This first chart is a draft its a funny mix of whatever i could find world wide, so its NZ, AU, EU, dominated in plant origins. So I’m collating at least 1500 plant pollen types and colours, with whatever quality and quantity information I have found. Now that is something that will be a bit easier to share with you. Some information is unverified and the authorship is not declared, and some is peer reviewed and has been collated using standard scientific method, there will be a bibliography with the database. Hopefully people here can then use that original to improve and customise for localities. The chart image will be available for enjoyment. I think the next iteration may have to be a series of 12 separate large charts. What a strange way to have fun. But it’s fun.
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