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.