Kelly's bees returning to the hive. I may or may not have been stung in the process of getting this close to the hives without protective clothing... but as one of the world's master photographers Robert Capa imparted on us mere mortals:
"If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough."
No pain no gain! 🐝
Kelly, a local apiarist in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea prepares to open up some hives to check how his honey supply is progressing. This smoker device is filled with coconut husks and set alight, with the (delicious smelling) smoke created being used to puff into the hive to calm the bees to avoid stings.
Glad to be back out in the hives after our First ABF!! (American Beekeeping Federation) conference. Had a blast and sat through 3.5 days of lectures ranging from the over use of chemicals and treatment of foods and other mite and fungi controls.
Along with the misrepresentation of selling honey and honey products, along with other colony issues affect hives today.
And of course the many people who have been doing Serious studies on our world bee population and collecting valuable data... And the long history of the Federation and going through the past-present issues of keeping bees and how to improve on a hole.
Had a great time walking around the show room and dreaming up the ideal “honey room”! This is also an ideal stand for our 4 hive stand mount.
We have 4 strong colony’s wintering and 2 Nucs above, with good laying queens.. these small Nucs will be used to grow in to mature hives for next year harvest, or I will use them as a brood rearing, be bee bombs!! In spring on the 4 hives underneath.. .
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The Honey Boy Spring Mix. 🐝🐝🌼🌼
With so many flowers blooming in the Donnybrook region in spring this is a wonderfully balanced medley of jarrah, banksia and local wildflower. Available now! DM to order. 🌼🌼🐝🐝
Oregano is possibly the most valuable plant in my garden. The #bees seem to think so too.