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Bee Day -- and no stings

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by GeeJay, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    Yesterday went to the Beekeeper's house and got these pictures. Quite an experience wearing the bee suit in 95 degree temperature at two in afternoon in south Florida :biggrin:

    We got no stings and it was a rare experience to see Lowell take the hive apart. He did it gingerly and took it apart level by level. He explained the process to us as he went along.

    There is only one QUEEN for the whole hive of 60,000 bees. They fly away to get pollen a distance of three miles. They make 5-6 trips back to the hive each day to deposit the pollen. Their social structure is very interesting and it sure works for them. The queen was sent from Hawaii and she cost $18.00 plus postage... AND the female bees are the workers and they do all the work ..

    Lowell said the best book on beekeeping is 'Beekeeping for Dummies'. He is a master beekeeper and has a license/registration etc. etc. He found the bees up under his eaves in his house and that's how he got interested in it some years ago. At that time he called a beekeeper who came and got the bees into a hive.. Lowell has worked with them ever since.

    I'll try to get you all some honey soon..I think the hive will be harvested in another three weeks. I hope to get those pictures too so I"ll be back.

    Maybe I can get Patrick to make a 'sticky' out of this :biggrin:

    You can see the same pictures with much better color on my gallery HERE

    First the bees have to be smoked so they move inside and out of the way.This was taken when he was down to the last level and that's where the queen lives. She can't go higher than that box. That grill is called a 'queen excluder' because it keeps her down there.

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    This is the beekeeper with a honey cone panel that he's just pulled out of the hive

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    Here's the beekeeper showing the panel to my husband who is hiding a distance away from the hive :smile:

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    This is a closeup of the cells and bees.The yellow cells are filled with pollen which is protein for the bees. The dark ones are nectar ready to be made into honey. The capped ones are full of honey and ready.

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    This is me on right with the beekeeper, Lowell. The golf cart is for a 'fast getaway'.

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    Here's a honey cone tray. You can see the cells that are capped. The capped cells are full of honey and ready for shipment :) 

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  2. Great images and story, Gaye.
    I really like the closeup of the cones and bees.

    aka beaucamera
  3. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Excellent Gaye

    Quite an experience
    Wonderful images

    Thank You
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  4. minouuupak

    minouuupak Guest

    wow, interesting pictures.
  5. Fascinating! A neat look into a mysterious world.... By the way, you look quite fetching in the protective suit! :smile:
  6. I read the title too quickly - thought it said "Beer Day". That closeup shot is great!

  7. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    Hi Virginia, thanks very much. Take a look at the gallery link now in my post. It shows much better color.
  8. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    Hi Gale,
    Thanks for your nice comment. Take another look at the link to my gallery and you'll see the pictures in much better color.
  9. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    Hi Minou,

    Thanks very much and welcome to the forum. It's a good place to start and you'll learn a lot.
  10. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005

    I knew you'd like the suit. Actually it's the top I wear out at the sanctuaries in the fall when the no-see-ums are so awful. They can't get through when I wear that outfit. Found out it works for bees too. And I could take pictures because the front netting is so flexible. I could get the camera right up to my eye.

    Check my link to my gallery. I just put it in. You can see much better color in the pictures.

  11. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    Hi Sean,
    Thanks! and yes, today is 'beer day'...... just wish I liked it.

    I got that closeup with the 105VR and then cropped some. It sure got good detail. You can see it even better when you go to the link I just put in.. The color in the gallery is much more real looking.
  12. GoGo


    Apr 20, 2006
    New York

    Cool words and photos!
    Is honey really good for years without spoiling, not needing refridgeration or any kind of preservatives?
  13. vettenut


    Feb 27, 2006
    Tolland CT
    Gaye, I'll tell you suit or no suit I would stay away , KUDOS for giving it a try. Nice story and photo's.- Jeff
  14. fascinating! really cool experiece
  15. Hi Gaye,

    Super photos and a wonderful explanation to go with it.

    Great to see your husband is getting around more.

    Bob & Nan
  16. RexRoy


    Jan 4, 2006
    New York
    that is neat!
  17. Nice story and pics. So you managed to do it without a long tele :biggrin:

    Actually, when you follow certain behavioural guidelines, bees are quite harmless (as are hornets). There are just a few wasp species which are terrritorial and immediately attack you once you stepped over an invisible line.

    That reminds me, when my sister was a little girl she found one bee hive so intriguing that she blew into the flight hole - don't need to tell you about the results, poor little girl.

  18. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    Hi Giorgio,
    I think it really is good without refrigeration and lasts a long time. It sits in the hive without refrigeration:smile: The beekeeper gives away jars of honey all year long and he stores it in his very hot garage.

  19. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    Actually I'm not afraid of bees so had no problem being right on top of them. The beekeeper told me the rules. He said never get in their flight path into the hive and told me to stay calm. Apparently they can tell when people are scared...and never slap at them. It was quite an adventure for me and I hope to do it again whenever the hive is opened. At least I have the clothing to wear:smile:


  20. GeeJay


    Jan 26, 2005
    Definitely fascinating. I now want to learn more about the bees so am going to order that book mentioned. The man with the hive has set aside a portion of his yard just for the hive. He has it surrounded by bushes so people won't go into it...
    Thanks much!

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