I know this must be like new parents showing off photos of their baby that looks like… every other baby on the planet. It won’t be like this next year. But this year is our first spring with the bees, our first full summer with the bees, our first honey harvest — a lot of firsts — and we want a record of all of it so we know what to expect next year. Okay then. Let’s roll the video:
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 to fix it. View it on the YouTube page for accurate playback.
That’s Hive #1. There are so many bees that they literally sound like a chain saw. Hive #2 is active, but doesn’t show much interest in the bottom entrance. I think that colony may be a different breed of bees. I came in very close to the hive to shoot this video. The bees were crawling all over my hands and around my face (I had my mouth closed the whole time). I’m extremely pleased that they’re so well behaved.