Sunday was absolutely beautiful in WV. The high temperature was in the 50s and the snow started to give way to small signs of spring. Daffodils are breaking through the ground and my bees were able to get out of the hive to poop. Bees, you see, won’t poop in the hive. They also cannot fly outside in cold temperatures. Bees are cold-blooded so if they break the cluster (bees cluster together very closely in the hive in cold temperatures and rub together using friction to stay warm all winter), they very quickly slow down and die. What’s a bee to do then? Well, they hold it of course…sometimes for months!
So, it always brightens my day in the early spring when I see yellow…I love the yellow of daffodils, the yellow of forsythia, and the yellow of fresh bee poop! When temperatures rise such that any of my three yellows are possible, I get out and frolic a bit (not like the rabbits frolic of course).
I washed Steve Sunday morning and parked it in the driveway so I could watch it shine in the sun. Much like birds are able to find a clean car, so too can bees. Of course, remember that there can be as many as a quarter of a million bees in the hives at my house…and all of those bees have had their legs crossed for a long time. My formerly green car now has a yellow tint…but you know what…I love yellow…it means spring!
Emily says I am preoccupied with poop and animal anatomy so you can imagine my fascination with this pile of deer poop in my yard. My Dad used to call those pellets smart pills. I don’t think they really worked very well, but that’s another story. Anyhow, Momma deer are now with fawns so my finding smart pills gives me hope that I will get to see newborn fawns again this year.
Oh yeah, check out this bird’s song! Beautiful…and very springy! Charleston is starting to break through I hope (though we have snow forecast for the rest of the week…but I choose to ignore that).
By no means do I want my yard overrun with natural fertilizer, but I have to tell you, a little poop means spring and in my book, that’s a great thing!
5 thoughts on “Poop = Spring”
I must admit I didn’t really see poop as marking the start of spring. However, I will agree with the yellow. When the buttercups start coming up that always makes me excited. It was around 60 degrees here. I had to get outside.
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I never knew that yellow stuff was bee poop. Don’t you think that after holding it for so long that first poop of the spring must hurt? Do bees get hemorrhoids?
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The bees have hunkered back down as we got snow last night…I suspect there was a sigh of relief as they were able to “clear out” this weekend. I don’t know whether the bees hurt but I gotta tell you, they are in a hurry to get outside and they don’t go far before they unload!
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