|Honeybee hive, guarded by watchful eyes|
this) emerge from the trees, omnipotent and invulnerable to our desperation, only to disappear once again into the invisible horizon.
A few things remain in flower, though I'm not certain that they are of use to bees in the state of the weather as it stands. If the bees can make it outside, they will have a few things to forage, however meager, if they so choose.
|Borago in strawberry bed|
|Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'|
Aside from flowers, a lot of other interesting things are going on with the increase in moisture. Fungi are a sign of a biologically active soil. Rot is an essential part of life. When plants and animals (including microfauna, insects, et cetera) grow they absorb, , use, and create a wide range of stuff that is mostly carried around until they cease to be alive. Fungi, as well as millions of microscopic arthropods, bacteria, protozoa, and a range of other organisms are the greatest and often some of the very least appreciated of the world's recyclers, feeding on the dead and decaying organic matter left behind. There is a constant seething mass of life in a handful of healthy soil, everything trying to eat something else whilst simultaneously trying to defend itself from the imminent death machines which are their neighbors. This is probably where many of the worlds antibiotics come from as antibiotics are naturally produced by fungi (penicillin et al) and soil bacteria (tetracycline et al) as a defense against fungi and bacteria that would otherwise eat them.
|Mycena strobilinoides (?)|
|Rosa eglanteria hips|
|Juniperus sp. male cones|
|Juniperus sp. bark|