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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Floral Antwerp - Part 1

I had to go to Antwerp recently and took my trusty camera because I knew from experience that I would find flora gems tucked away as well as slap bang in the middle of the road and other places.

Here are some examples of what I found in two huge waist high concrete flower beds down one pedestrian street that was next to a street-side café. I am sure that the patrons of the café were wonder what I was up to taking so much time trying to get some decent macros.

As you may notice, there were quite a few bees industriously gathering pollen from the flowers. I was able to distinguish about four different species. The amount of bees you see around some Belgian cities and urban areas is in part due to apiculturists having beehives in the cities to take advantage of all the flowers to be found in the cities.
  I have been wanting to do a few more in depth posts on bees, from their role in ecology, the impact of pesticides on them and the implications of this to apiculture in cities, so keep an eye out for these.

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