Behind The Scenes Beekeeping: May 2017

Here’s a 10-minute partially-narrated collection of cell phone clips taken from May 2017 next to my house in Flatrock, Newfoundland. I talk about how the bees are friendliest in the spring. There are several slow motion shots and quiet moments with the bees crawling over my hands. This is the first of the Cell Phone Chronicles to show some signs of life with the bees. This might actually get good soon.

October 2019 Postscript: I don’t have any videos or photos from April 2017 because I had to lease out all my hives except for one to a friend so I could focus on recovering from a concussion injury. Having one hive around instead of nine was relaxing and just what I needed at the time. My beekeeping would max out at a single hive until June 2018.

Check out my Month of May category for a sense of things that might happen for backyard beekeepers on the east coast of the island of Newfoundland in the month of May.

2 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes Beekeeping: May 2017

    • I was more or less lying in bed for six month after my concussion due to light and sound sensitivity, with only brief moments of what I could call clarity. I was unable to look at any kind of screen for most of that time — cell phones, computer screens, TV, anything that gives off light. One of the best things to do right after a concussion, depending on how bad it is, is to remove yourself from all stimuli for at least two weeks. No screens. It can take about two weeks for the full effects of a concussion to build up and taking a break at that time is crucial. Your brain is constantly filtering out sensory stimuli that it doesn’t need to pay attention to: the hum of the fridge, the radio in the background, the floors creaking, etc. Your brain is filtering out visual stimuli too. You’re not consciously aware that all that filtering is taking place, but it is and it keeps your brain working at it even if you’re just sitting there. Many people who have concussions can’t filter out anything. So everything comes in about 100 times louder and brighter than it normally would. And it’s overwhelming. The best thing, and maybe the only thing, is to turn down all that stuff so your brain can heal.

      I can’t say exactly what you should do because I don’t know the severity of your symptoms or the nature of your concussion, but removing yourself from loud, busy, brightly lit environments helps. Your brain needs a break in every possible way that you can give it.

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