Bees Galore

Yesterday was the most perfect first day of the fall season. Temps in the 70's, bright sunshine, and a light breeze. It felt like a good time to open up the hive and take a look. 



When I start taking the hive apart to check the frames, it always amazes me at how much the population has grown since the last time I checked in with them.  Bees were literally overflowing from the brood boxes. 



A positive sign, but bees were everywhere.  You can even see one flying right into my camera lens. 



At this stage I have 9 frames of honey, but they remain uncapped.  That means the honey still has some water content to it, and is not quite ready for consumption.  If I take out uncapped honey, it has the potential to ferment in jars.  Not good. 




And so, I closed up the hive.  But, the bees were not ready to say goodbye, as several stayed with me investigating my suit while I worked around the hive.  

All I can say is.....thank goodness for the bee suit.  



Comments

  1. Bees are absolutely fascinating. My brother in law raises bees, and I am a happy consumer of the honey.

    We recently purchased a small piece of land and my young adult son wants to use a space to raise bees too ( I guess apartment life is not conducive to raising bees, smile).

    This is awesome. Keep us posted about your progress.

    Velva

    P.S.. Yes thank God for bee suits.

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  2. Bee suit or not I would be freaking out....hope that honey will be good.

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  3. I did not realize you had bees. These are great photos and I love your header pic.

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  4. Your bees bring a smile to my face this beautiful morning. :)

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  5. so cool...I can't wait to see the honey...

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  6. i hope you're able to collect it soon. glad you know what you're doing!

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  7. I got stung once last Sunday and that is enough for me. Awesome photos though - thanks!

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  8. I sure do look forward to seeing you extract the honey!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. This is wonderful, I know you will keep us posted on the progress of the honey. I have spent the last week surrounded by bees as I have been cutting back the rabbit brush, a weed here, that is now in full bloom, and much loved by bees. I wonder where their hive is. I have found myself wishing I could follow one home.

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  10. I'm so jealous! I had to buy my honey the other day from one of my neighbors. Nothing better than fresh honey. Yum, get those biscuits baking.

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  11. Because of a childhood incident, bees still unnerve me. However, they are fascinating creatures.

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  12. So glad you have the suit. I was starting to hyperventilate. I bet your honey will be wonderful when it is ready :)

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  13. Your life fascinates me, Michelle. It is so different from mine. Love your bee photos!

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  14. I would love to do this one day. Love your photos.

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  15. Oh, that is very cool! But I want to see you in that bee suit! ha.

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  16. A very rural activity, a wonderful way to begin autumn. I guess the honey will be ready for collection soon.

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  17. Bees are fascinating and so amazing. Love the final product, too. I knew a man who sold honey from Fireweed flowers. He took his hives into the mountain meadows. I asked him how he kept the bears away, and he told me he used solar electric fencing right at bear nose level. Do you have bears? xx

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  18. Sylvia Plath wrote some poems about bees. I know nothing about keeping them, but it always sounds very dramatic, symbolic, deep :) . . . Your pictures add to that.

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  19. you're just a bee charmer, that's what you are! hey, i notice on your side bar you are reading sea change, me too!

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  20. I am absolutely scare by those bees! I need one of those suits only to watch the photos!

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  21. You're a beekeeper too! So interesting. I work with someone who maintains bee hives as a hobby. Even with the suit, I bet you've had some harrowing encounters with your little black & yellow friends. Enjoy the cool weather.

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  22. I admire anyone who keeps bee's, I think that is so great. I love honey, but scared of bee's. Can't wait to see the honey! Hugs, Lynn

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  23. Sounds like you will have a pretty good harvest once those frames are capped. It's a great sign your bees are growing in numbers. May they keep going strong!

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  24. mMMMM!!! My grandpa had a few hives and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the honey comb he'd pull out of those.

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  25. Oh I admire anyone who can work with bees the way you do Michelle. I also love these photos. B

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  26. So I'm most excited to see the FRUITS of the labor...the honey! But you are BRAVE, very brave to tackle bees. PS I love your new play list.

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  27. I think bees are so neat. I'm impressed that your hive is growing so much! I keep reading about people who are struggling to keep theirs going. You must be doing something right!

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  28. So glad to see that you have a healthy population of bees. They are in trouble here, and so much of our food supply depends on pollination.

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