Sunday, May 30, 2010

Photo Sunday: The Curious Bees

 I had the immense pleasure of spending some time with the Mecklenburg (NC) Beekeepers Association recently. I was invited to field day at Bee School, a winter time course where experienced beekeepers teach and mentor wannbe beekeepers...when spring comes, the course ends with field day they get to work the hives of their mentors...

Jimmy Odom let me tag along and watch as he examined each frame in his supers (the boxes where bees actually make the hone). I helped by being the one to find the queen bee (they like to keep track of the queen in each hive)...Jimmy "works" his bees often and says they know him. They certainly were gentle...at one point, all these bees just lined up and were watching Jimmy. He was tickled and pointed it out to me--I crouched down and got this shot of the bees watching Jimmy, who was, by this point, watching them...

This may have been enough for me to want to try my hand at beekeeping. I've become quite the honey lover as I've written stories, including this one for VisitFlorida.com. The next story about bees comes out in Edible Piedmont sometime (I believe) in June...

In the meantime? I love this photo...

3 comments:

Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial said...

I know this is pathetic, but I'm quite scared of bees. Run away when I see or hear them. Mind you, your photo is indeed very gentle.. :)

Unknown said...

I had a bonnet on--the kind with the netting, so it wasn't so scary...I was nearly that close, too...used a slight zoom...

Ulrike, Dubai said...

Aww, what a lovely photo! Bees are so precious and need to be looked after and cherished, without them we can't survive.
I always told my daughter when she finds a bee in the pool to carefully help it out (not with her bare hands but a leaf or so) and once when she was only seven or so, she rescued one which after panting for quite a while eventually survived - and she asked whether we could keep it as a pet... no, love them, but sorry..
I recently gave her 'The Secret Life of Bees' to read to remind her of that. Loved it.