Yum! Sourwood Honey
My neighbor, the beekeeper, successfully collected his swarm this afternoon (and a tricky procedure it was)…
Collecting the Swarm
The New Abode
…and he generously gave me a huge jar of sourwood honey from last season. Sourwood is a tree that flowers here in June and July. The honey the bees make from it is one of my favorites.
Close-up of honeybee swarm
My neighbor seems to have some prolific honeybees. He had two swarms last summer and now his first one is happening this early in the season!
Swarming is how new bee colonies are created. A little more than half the bees in a colony will swarm along with the queen bee after a new queen is hatched. They congregate on a nearby branch and scout bees fly off to find a new home. At this point, the beekeeper collects the swarm and introduces it to a new bee box. I just stopped by my neighbnor’s house and left him a note; I hope he gets back before the scout bees locate a promising locale for their new colony.
I think collecting this swarm is going to be a challenge. They have congregated in some vines that are winding around and up a guy cable supporting a light pole. Last year, they were in a tree and he was able to just cut off the branch they were on. I think Duke Energy might have issues with him lopping off their guy cable.
Guy cable with vines and a few bees flying around
Bee swarm on guy cable
I kept inching closer and they didn’t seem to be concerned at all, so I went right up and got some close-ups. I got safely away with several photos and no bee-stings.
Close-up of bee swarm
These tiny things are all over the yard. They have been granted a stay of execution by Mother Nature (it’s been too wet to mow) and are almost as prolific as dandelions.
Parking Garage, Hendersonville, NC
I have a lot of old negatives I’d like to preserve, so I finally broke down and got a negative scanner. I never paid much attention to proper negative storage so some of them have faded over the years giving the resulting photos a greenish cast:
Scanner output: White Mountains, NH, 1996
Getting a more realistic color took some editing acrobatics. It would be nice if they aren’t all this bad, but I’m not too hopeful. I forsee that I will be learning a lot about photo editing in the near future.
Edited: White Mountains, NH, 1996
Mother Nature 1, Humans 0