Wildflower Mural House On Route A1A

As you get gas at the BP station on Route A1A, you can see the colorful Wildflower mural that artist Steven Teller has been painting on this house, which is his studio. There’s an article in the St Augustine Record about his artwork… “displayed Mexican petunias, dune daisies and Gaillardia blanket flowers. He said he noticed that wildflowers became more abundant in Vilano Beach after two hurricanes (Irma,Matthew) rocked the area and spread seeds.”  

Getting gas at night is the second photo.  Glad our hostess Joanne drove by in the daylight so we could photograph the mural again, not just in the car headlights.

Remember the Wildflowers Painted by My Friend?

The Pennsylvania wildflowers were painted on her beehives -see the Wildflower paintings on Beehives by Joan

Here’s one jar of the thirty pounds of honey she harvested with the help of two fellow bee experts. 

They brought their extractor with them to show and teach her how to harvest the honey. 

She shared the honey with them and learned how to do it herself but was best with the team. (I’m sorry I don’t recall how long it took but a few hours.) 


And I can tell you that it tastes beautifully delicious, full of summer flowers. I’ll have to ask Joan what she does to prepare the beehives for the winter. 

In case you want to learn how watch video

How to extract honey from comb

Wildflower Paintings on Beehives

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My artist friend Joan paints Pennsylvania Wildflowers on her beehives.  I learned there are different parts to a beehive. (see article link below)

Her bees were busy and didn’t want to be disturbed but Joan assured me she keeps an EpiPen in case I was allergic.

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IMG_0811Trying to photograph the hive without agitating the bees as the hive is tucked in between lush rhododendron.

One thing for sure, the bees will know which hive belongs to them and where to return

First she sketches onto the white super

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Blocking them out over the pencil sketches.

 

As you can see, Joan has painted lots of flowers onto things in her home, too.

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View from an artist’s studio

Joan’s garden provides for the bees.

If you’re interested in learning the basics of beekeeping and the parts of the hive, here’s an article A beginner beekeeper’s guide to the parts of a beehive.   by Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com

 

Texas Bluebonnets Through a Rental Van Windshield

They are everywhere.

As far as the eye can see.

Bluebonnet wildflowers.  Beautiful color of blue, the Lupinus Texensis is the state flower of Texas.

I photographed (70-200 Canon L series lens) the wildflowers on the way to the San Antonio airport last Sunday.

Was NOT the driver of the rental van but the passenger. (Thanks Rick)  Figure we were going about 70 mph so the blue is a bit of a blur.

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