Monday, June 10, 2013

Honeybee Days

  One morning in May, my father-in-law, Tim, gave me a call to let me know he was going to open the beehives and check on the bees. The girls and I got ready in a hurry and headed just across the field where the hives are near the barns and vegetable garden here on the farm. Tim found a swarm of bees hanging from a fence along the lane a few years back and almost without meaning to, became a beekeeper. He’s been learning about bees ever since!

  On this particular day in May, my girls' great grandpa was here, visiting from Pennsylvania.   It so happens that he also has a knowledge and love of bees.  The bees were calm on this cloudy morning, but Grandpa puffed around a bit with the smoker just to make sure.  The hive was crowded with healthy looking bees.  If you’re wondering about the fencing wire around the hives, it’s electric fence to keep bears out from searching for a snack!

A slow-flying honeybee returned from the fields
 with sacks of pollen to feed the young larvae.
This frame has honeycomb and is being filled with honey. 
Some of the cells are already covered or capped.

 A little beekeeper in waiting!

  A few weeks later we were walking up the hill from the garden and noticed a swarm of bees on the fence. I called Tim, and we watched the bees hanging in a cluster while we waited for him to arrive. Fascinating creatures, these bees. The more you watch them the more you realize there is so much to learn about them!
  Honeybees swarm when the hive becomes crowded and the queen leaves with some of the worker bees to find a new home.  A new queen will take her place in the old hive with the worker bees that haven’t left.
   Swarming bees aren’t aggressive.They were flying all around us and sitting on my camera. J

  Here's Tim, shaking the moving mass of bees
 into a box.

The bees flowing steadily, almost like water, into the hive.

Kadence sitting in the dirt beside the friendly bees.
"How sweet are Your words to my taste,       
sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
Psalms 119:103  

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