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!

Screened bottom/landing board
Screened bottom/landing board

Hive stand #3
Hive stand #3

Careful fitting!
Careful fitting!

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Our Bees!

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

Honey!
Honey!

Natural comb
Natural comb

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

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

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

Bee hive cake!
Bee hive cake!

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.

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!

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....

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

Picking more of the cappings
Picking more of the cappings

Nothing's wasted!
Nothing's wasted!

Cutting the cappings off
Cutting the cappings off

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Extraction!

More than a

Little Bit of Fun!