Cornflowers scattered in a grain field in the Mühlviertel region of Upper Austria.
The verdant blush of spring in the orchard country of Lower Austria.
Wild mountain strawberries.
Linz, sprawled along the Danube, with the crest of the Alps just visible on the far horizon on the right.
Out of the city and into the countryside the past few days, enjoying windswept grain fields, swimming holes, wild berries and ripening fruit trees in mountain orchards. A few scenes from Upper and Lower Austria in this early summer set. Visit the Summit Voice Sunday Set archive for more travel pics, or head over to our online gallery at FineArt America for a full selection of nature and landscape photography.
Exposure to neonicotinoid also reduces bees’ ability to communicate about food sources
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — There’s more evidence that even small doses of common pesticides are at least a factor — if not the main cause — of a dramatic decline in bee populations that’s threatening pollination of both wild and domesticated plants.
By closely studying the response of individual bees to the chemical, biologists at the University of California San Diego showed that the bees turn into picky eaters. The study also showed that bees exposed to the pesticide reduced the number of “waggle dances” between fourfold and tenfold, reducing the number of nestmates recruited to good food sources.