GALLERY

Take a sneak peek into the life of a beekeeper! Building hive stands, assembling hives, getting bees, keeping bees, catching swarms, helping other beekeepers, extracting honey. And having a little fun along the way....

 

(Many photos courtesy of our photographer daughter, Katie Fischer)

 

Prepping!

Careful fitting!
Careful fitting!

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Screened bottom/landing board
Screened bottom/landing board

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Hive stand #3
Hive stand #3

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Careful fitting!
Careful fitting!

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Our Bees!

Building (making) the comb
Building (making) the comb

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Honey!
Honey!

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Natural comb
Natural comb

The problem with this is that the bees' comb is attached to the inner cover, making access a little trickier.

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Building (making) the comb
Building (making) the comb

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Swarms & Others' Bees!

Randy with a couple of furry bees!
Randy with a couple of furry bees!

Our 'angel bee' Maggie in front and 'grandbee' Mae in back

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'Angel bee' Maggie :)
'Angel bee' Maggie :)

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Bee hive cake!
Bee hive cake!

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Randy with a couple of furry bees!
Randy with a couple of furry bees!

Our 'angel bee' Maggie in front and 'grandbee' Mae in back

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Swarm - of our own bees!
Swarm - of our own bees!

This swarm was WAY up in the trees; by the time our son (who'd been enlisted in moving 4 rickety hives from a retired beekeeper) whacked at the jungle underneath, the swam left.

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Swarm #1 - captured!
Swarm #1 - captured!

Amazingly, the swarm left it perch WAY up and landed way down in a bush - almost too easy to be true, as they just needed to be shaken off into the nuc box. Randy was ready!

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Hive on a pond!
Hive on a pond!

This has to be one of the more original locations for a hive - on a pond! The intent was to keep the hive safe from ants, which had destroyed this new beekeeper's dad's hives. To his credit, Randy didn't fall out of the boat once....

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Swarm - of our own bees!
Swarm - of our own bees!

This swarm was WAY up in the trees; by the time our son (who'd been enlisted in moving 4 rickety hives from a retired beekeeper) whacked at the jungle underneath, the swam left.

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Cutting the cappings off
Cutting the cappings off

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Picking more of the cappings
Picking more of the cappings

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Nothing's wasted!
Nothing's wasted!

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Cutting the cappings off
Cutting the cappings off

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Extraction!

More than a

Little Bit of Fun!