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Winter Cleansing Flight

Winter Cleansing Flight

November 16th, 2018, at 7,100' elevation, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  After several cold days, the daytime high reached 51°F.  This colony took the opportunity to do a cleansing flight.  This is a Bee Tree Hives preservation hive.  

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Winter Has Arrived in the High Country

Winter Has Arrived in the High Country

Sunday, November 11th, 2018.  These are prototypes of Bee Tree Preservation Hives.

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Another Entrance Being Reduced with Propolis

Another Entrance Being Reduced with Propolis

I've observed numerous colonies, this season, reducing their round entrances with propolis.

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Bee-Centered Beekeeping and the Harvesting of Honey

Bee-Centered Beekeeping and the Harvesting of Honey

Where does harvesting honey fit within the ethos of bee-centered beekeeping? Bee-centered beekeeping holds these priorities in this order: Caring for the honey bees themselves in natural, holistic, and sustainable ways with the goal of helping honey bees return to the vibrancy that they deserve and that the earth needs.  The goal of bee-centered beekeeping is to be able to answer "yes" to this question: If one of the colonies I am stewarding swarms and moves into the wild, will they be prepared to survive and thrive there on their own? Helping to make the earth more flowering and fruitful by caring...

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They Never Cease to Amaze Me With What They're Capable Of!

They Never Cease to Amaze Me With What They're Capable Of!

One of the attitudes that I sometimes see in conventional beekeeping - which, of course, is a product of the worldview that often accompanies that kind of beekeeping - is this: "The bees are not always capable of making good choices and correct decisions, sometimes I have to intervene and save them from themselves." If there is ever a time when there is any truth to that, I believe that it stems from the fact that conventional beekeeping equipment - i.e., Langstroth hives and all that goes along with them - does not give the bees the tools they need to control the micro-ecology and micro-climate of...

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