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beeman86

beeman86

Age : 61
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PostSubject: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyWed Sep 26, 2018 4:41 pm

Sometimes it's enough to sit a while in the bee yard to have your soul refreshed - and that's just what I needed the other evening. With the season all but done, I sat quietly contemplating the past 5 months of bee work while watching the day come to a close. I filled my Phyllip Trypis bent billiard with a bowl of now extinct McClellend's Blackwoods Flake and on the 3rd light watched thick curls of smoke rise and dissipate into the cool evening air. The bees were fanning in their hives evaporating the day's take of nectar. Their fanning pushed a sweet fragrance into the air around me; a hundred blossoms expertly blended into one - an olfactory delight. And the honey...a delicious gift from God himself.

A few bees were still returning from foraging and I watched as they landed at the entrance to the hive, were inspected by the guard bees and then entered to deposit their nectar or pollen into cells already cleaned and prepared by younger workers.

It was a sweet time of reflection and refreshment. I slept well that night.

"My son, eat honey, for it is good. Yes the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste"  
                                                                                                  Proverbs 24:13

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BriarBeagle

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Age : 47
Location : Laguna Niguel, CA
Registration date : 2016-11-08

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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyWed Sep 26, 2018 7:24 pm

It all sounds magical. Thanks for sharing the picture, the story, and the vibe.

Sweet smokes.

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Ozark Wizard

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Age : 55
Location : Mark Twain National Forest, MO
Registration date : 2014-10-11

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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyWed Sep 26, 2018 9:34 pm

Awesome!
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Timbo

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Age : 43
Location : Australia
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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyWed Sep 26, 2018 11:04 pm

That looks mighty relaxing Beeman.
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Age : 71
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
Registration date : 2010-10-23

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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyWed Sep 26, 2018 11:42 pm

I immediately took a liking to this guy.  

What are the binoculars for?


Note:  if you post your photos smaller it allows the text to be large enough to actually read.  Just a thought.

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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyThu Sep 27, 2018 10:35 am

Thanks for that photo advice Blackhorse. I was a bit surprised at the size too but I must have missed the resizing part of the process.

The binocs were for checking out birds or deer coming out onto the field in the evening - I didn't see any that night.
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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyThu Sep 27, 2018 10:57 am

I adjusted your great photo. I usually use the tool that lets me load a photo right from my iPad photo files. With that I can select from several size formats. Slick.


Re the binoculars...I often hang a “pair” around my neck just in case. You just never know what might pop up.

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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyThu Sep 27, 2018 12:13 pm

nice thread indeed
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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyThu Sep 27, 2018 9:57 pm

It is relaxing most of the time. These incredible insects never stop amazing me, even after almost 30 years of working with them. I'm happy for the season to come to a close ...for about two weeks - and then I'm already thinking about next year, anxiously waiting for April to see how they survived the winter.
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Fumus

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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyMon Oct 01, 2018 10:58 pm

Very cool post. Thanks for sharing with us. Just recently helped a cousin of mine pull some full frames from a few of his hives. Had my oldest with me observing and even though she did get stung once (bee got tangled in her hair), she asked a number of good questions about bees, honey etc. and expressed interest in becoming a "apprentice bee person". afro
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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyTue Oct 02, 2018 9:14 am

Grat post. I think you'd have no end of volunteers for company from the folks here, Beeman! Very Happy
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beeman86

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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyThu Oct 04, 2018 9:56 pm

Fumus, the beekeeping industry can only benefit by having young people get interested in the hobby, or as a business.
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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyMon Oct 08, 2018 12:46 am

I agree with you completely sir and, as I explained to her, having beekeeping or apiary work on her resume could help her stand out when applying for jobs. It would also be a help for my cousin, as he was banged up in an auto wreck last year and is still recovering. afro
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Stick

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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyMon Oct 08, 2018 1:47 am

A jolly nice read read. How life should be!
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D.L.Ruth

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PostSubject: Re: Smokin in the bee yard   Smokin in the bee yard EmptyMon Oct 08, 2018 8:00 am

Very nice, I always wanted to get i to bed keeping. I love honey on just about everything! Looks very relaxing.
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