Wednesday afternoon and I am at work. I get a text from Mary, The Reluctant Beekeeper.
There is a swarm in the nectarine tree. But even though she doesn’t really enjoy it, The Reluctant Beekeeper has it covered and gets the queen into an empty hive.
The workers are trying to join the queen in the hive.
Soon the new hive is settled in with the other hives in the yard.
The swarm came from the tall hive on the right.
Thanks to The Reluctant Beekeeper for catching the swarm.
Here is a short video I created that demonstrates what happens when you crimp the support wires. They go from a badly out of tune wire to a wire with a “sort of in tune” twang.
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Frame building is a late winter / early spring task for the beekeeping. In this post I show how the frames are built.
We usually get one good snow a year and every year I take photos of the honey bee hives. I find these photos very peaceful. The ladies (all of the honey bees in the hive are female) are all snug in their hive waiting for the warm weather.
Honey bees do not hibernate. They form a cluster around the queen and the bees on the outer edge of the cluster beat their wings to generate heat. When the weather warms a bit the bees reposition themselves. The bees on the outside move into the center and the bees in the center move to the outside.
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Tunnel Hill, Georgia. The Western & Atlantic Railroad tunnel and the Clisby Austin House.
When winter temperatures get into the low 40s and the sun is shining, the bees will be out flying. This is January 30, 2016. The temperature is 48° and the sun is shining.
Honey bees are very hygienic, clean insects. They will not poop in the hive. So the bees are out on the warm, winter days, flying “cleansing flights.” Don’t stand below them!
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The South East Binder Association Meet n Greet was going to be last Saturday (January 23, 2016) in Greenville, SC. However, the weather had other plans.
Here are photos from the 2015 SEBA Winter Meet & Greet in Greenville, SC. Mary and I had a great time. Thank you to everyone who put the “show” on!
We visited Pieter at United States Coast Guard Station Oak Island in Oak Island, North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day.
The station is manned by 44 Coast Guardsmen with two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats (MLB). The 47′ MLB is self-righting, carries a crew of four and has the potential to carry an additional 30 passengers.
It is powered by two Detroit 6V92TA diesel engines, 435 hp each.
The boat can be operated from four different locations: two from an open bridge
and two inside the enclosed bridge.
The Station also has two 25-foot Response Boat – Small (RB-S).
We then visited the lighthouse.
No, the lighthouse does not lean. The photographer is slightly off-kilter.
We went inside and climbed up the seven sets of stairs.
We went out on the catwalk and looked over the ocean, 163 feet up
and down on the Station.
and then climbed back down.
The lighthouse is open for tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The old Station is now a private residence across the street.
Photos taken over the last 6 years of beekeeping.