The great river gets bluer

In Florida the Caloosahatchee River runs from the Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico.  It crosses through several counties, including Lee County, dividing it roughly in half on a diagonal.  There are several river crossings in Lee County, including the Alva bridge, Rt 31 bridge, the railroad crossing, I-75, the Edison Bridge (now a pair of spans), the Caloosahatchee Bridge, the Midpoint Bridge, the Cape Coral Parkway/College Parkway bridge, the Causeway to Sanibel, and, the causeway to Fort Myers Beach.

Since I drive around so much, I have the opportunity to see the Caloosahatchee River at different times of the day, every day.

When the temperature gets cooler, the water looks bluer.  I want to know if it just looks bluer to me, or if the water changes by getting cooler, and thus changes color. Does cooler water look darker, or is it actually darker?

Bees at the Pier

We went out to the Pier the other evening to watch the sunset.  It was one of those evenings where there isn’t much to the sunset, really.  What was fascinating were the bees!

(I’ll be back tomorrow. I have photos but it is sleepy time.) 

Ok, I’m back (4/26/10)  Here are the Bees in a nest on the Pier over the Caloosahatchee River:

I have Questions:

1.  Why are the bees nesting here?  They are on recycled plastic, fake wood on the back of a bench.  Why do they perceive this to be a safe place to, um, be?

2.  Where were they nesting, before they picked this location?

3.  Are they building a honeycomb under all of themselves?  So, their honeycomb will stick to plastic?