Thursday, April 1, 2010
Out the Window
The queen in her small private screened compartment (black, upside down in the picture) travelled with her own little sugar cube. Bill shook the bees into their new home after her. There is a little marshmallow plug in her compartment, that the bee colony will have to eat through, in order to free her for her queenly duties of egg laying and constant grooming. This yard is the only one he has set up in a valley. He hopes the bees will gather nectar from basswood trees in our woods, which makes a light amber, delicately flavored honey.
No one was stung, not even I taking these pictures without a bee hat on. In fact, standing there in clouds of buzzing honey bees, was strangely elating.
Posted by Avalanche Looms / Susan Johnson at 11:25 PM
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Very cool...thanks for that close up look.
You are brave, too.
i always wanted to have bees. this is great, thanks for the close up.
i love the colored hives-new to me. i have heard about the bees having something very special, i like your reporting on the swarm. i'm a little fearful.
I thought I'd be fearful, too, but the bees buzzing was almost calming, entrancing, more so than watching a waterfall, or flames. Truly, we got a little high, just standing there
You are brave, I see bees and run for the hills. If I get bit, I need a hospital asap, never want to experience that again. But I love honey and we have a wonderful bee farm in Lake Wales, FL, Struther's Honey, is wonderful.
Bee keeping is such an old practice. Honey is delicious, and very healthful. Bee lore is interesting, too. Housewives in the middle ages were supposed to 'tell the bees" about household matters, to make sure the house ran smoothly--I'm going to tell the bees about my business decisions, and see what happens...
This is so interesting -- I didn't know you had a bee-yard! I'm checking this out next time I'm there.
bees are so sweet, aren't they?
my favourite thing to do when we had bees, was to sit out in the yard on a warm day and watch them all line up around the edge of the bird bath and drink water from their little sippy straws.
they are unbelievably sweet beings.
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