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Offline FatherMichael

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Bees in the Trees
« on: January 07, 2020, 08:38:31 pm »
Nearly every time I go to the new apiary site a bee visits.  One once landed on my shoulder!  I took it as a positive sign.

Was there today doing some work and a bee came to investigate.

They have been light colored, like Italians.  They look healthy.

Along with my two new hives I'll put out a swarm trap because I am sure there is a colony in one of the big trees close by.

Thinking I might end up with four hives by the end of the year.

That would be so cool.

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 08:11:03 am »
Fathermichael, I live in a subdivision on the outskirts of town, but my house is a fishbowl. Homes in front, side, and behind. I really meant to keep only ONE hive, but I just can't help working towards catching another swarm this spring. It is fascinating. My bees also look more.like Italians, but they have some darker ones mixed in with them. One of the guys here, maybe Jim, said that was good genetics from a mix of drone contribution in the wild. I was inspecting my bait traps this past weekend, and am looking around for good spots to place them. If I had 2 or 3 colonies at the end of this year, it would be cool indeed.

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2020, 08:13:12 am »
By the way... I wonder if the longtimers get ho-hum about their bees, and lose the new beek seasonal excitement we feel.

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2020, 09:45:46 am »
By the way... I wonder if the longtimers get ho-hum about their bees, and lose the new beek seasonal excitement we feel.

I feel like a kid at Christmas!

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2020, 11:00:06 am »
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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 11:56:51 am »
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*Clap-clap-clap*  Beautiful. 
I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led.  And through the air, I am she that walks unseen.

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2020, 12:04:06 pm »
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Amen.

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2020, 03:16:27 pm »
That's is beautiful Seeb.
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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 05:11:32 pm »
Outstanding Seeb! I don't understand why everyone isn't a beekeeper.

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2020, 05:49:11 pm »
so glad you enjoyed.

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2020, 07:20:41 pm »
so glad you enjoyed.

You live in my ancestors' old home places -- such beautiful country.

Love the poem, Seeb.  Thank you.

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2020, 06:12:01 pm »
By the way... I wonder if the longtimers get ho-hum about their bees, and lose the new beek seasonal excitement we feel.

Hell no
I always grab the first swarm I see. after that its only the low bush ones for me. It's like a game you can't help ya self.

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Re: Bees in the Trees
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2020, 08:50:52 pm »
Fixed up two swarm traps today and will put together another later, since a friend of mine, knife maker Thomas Bullard, said he has a bee tree on his farm.

Check it: bees in my neighborhood that might swarm, including my one established hive ...

One on Thomas' place ...

And bees in the trees at the new place.