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Waiting for the Almond Bloom by Dennis vanEngelsdorp

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Dennis vanEngelsdorp Dennis vanEngelsdorp
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0.77 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 02, 2009
Date taken
Nov 17, 2009

Hundreds of colonies sit in a holding yard outside of Chowchilla, California. The beekeeper that owns this particular set of bees has come all the way from Louisiana to take advantage of the huge demand for honey bees as pollinators of almond crops. These bees will hold in this yard for several weeks until the onset of the almond bloom at which time they will be moved into almond orchards located throughout California's Central Valley. Each year migratory beekeepers, from all over the country, move hundreds of thousands of honey bee colonies, by truck, into the Central Valley.

As part of a national survey on honey bees led by the USDA, researchers from the Pennsylvania State University will help collect data on hundreds of colonies of bees originating from different regions of the country. The colonies will be tagged and followed through the almond pollination process. Each time the colonies are visited researchers will collect samples to test for viruses, varroa mites, and nosema spores, as well as conduct colony assessments to determine the overall health of individual colonies.

For information on almond pollination visit: gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov/book/chap_2.html Will open in a new tab or window
by Mike Andree
Research Technician
Penn State University

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 772 megapixels (174498 x 4425 pixels)
Input images: 150 (75 columns by 2 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 9.1 degrees high (top=2.3, bottom=-6.9)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-11-17 20:04:03 - 2009-11-17 20:17:52
Aperture: f/4.3 - f/5.6
Exposure time: 0.0008 - 0.00625
ISO: 80 - 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 28.3 to 46.1 percent
Vertical overlap: 41.9 to 47.6 percent
Computer stats: 2045.54 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 10:37:19 (4:14 per picture)
Alignment: 18:28, Projection: 18:11, Blending: 10:00:39

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