Burlington County Times: Learn how visualization works in life and art

Like many artists, Patricia Worley has a philosophy. The South Jersey artist aspires to “capture the ordinary and make it extraordinary.” That sounds like it’s easier said than done, for non-creative geniuses.

But Worley, a successful nature and travel photographer, believes that creating great art requires hard work even before picking up a camera, paintbrush or pencil. It isn’t called the “creative process” for nothing.

The romanticized image of an artist, suddenly struck by inspiration and compelled to paint in the heat of the moment, tends to stick in people’s minds. But for many working artists, there are quite a few steps to be followed before taking a brush in hand.

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Burlington County Times: Program has the latest buzz about honey bees

They’re living the sweet life. But don’t take that to mean that everything is coming up roses.

When it comes to beneficial insects, honey bees are queen of the hive. How could we ever live without these hard workers? Well, we really couldn’t. Honey bees are the primary pollinators of flower, fruits and vegetables. It would be pretty difficult to live without those crops.

So what’s all the recent buzz about the declining honey bee population? The facts sting: For more than a decade, honey bee colonies in the United States have been dying out. In fact, for the 12-month period beginning April 2006, beekeepers reported a 33 percent loss in colony population.

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