It’s springtime in Newfoundland. Can’t you tell?
Some browsers seem to flatten the aspect ratio on this video and I don’t know why and I don’t have the patience to try and fix it. View it on the YouTube page for accurate playback.
The last time I took a look at the bees through the top entrances, they were nowhere in sight. Normally I can see them inside walking around doing their thing, but this cold wind and snow seems to have driven them deep into the hive, probably protecting the brood from becoming chilled. I don’t know how they manage to stay alive. It’s possible both colonies could be dead by the time the weather warms up enough for them to forage and feed on their own.
Today is the third day of spring, but I call that false advertising.
UPDATE (March 25/11): I got it wrong. The previous video was the fourth day of spring. And today is the sixth day of spring. We got 40 centimetres of snow today (about 16 inches). It’s not very interesting, but I keep documenting our winter weather on the Hives in Snow post so I know what to expect for next year. I’m not sure if this has been an extra long and lousy winter. It might only seem that way because it’s our first year of keeping bees and, really, when you add up the actual number of days we’ve been able to hang out with this bees since we got them 250 days ago, it’s been about 1/3 beekeeping and 2/3 waiting for winter to go away. Whether that’s a normal winter or not, it’s been long enough for me.