It should be first noted that all pictures in tonights post were taken by own very own dear Cat Mihos, who Bee'd with the best of us today!
This is my favorite shot, we called it "Madonna with Bees" I think it will BEE my favorite shot of me for a long time.
Today was the Honey Harvest! That's where we go and take all the honey the bees don't need for the winter. Many times, you don't get much honey from first year hives, but we got quite a bit. More on that when we get to the Extractor Blog this weekend. I've got cheesecloths and buckets all over the kitchen.
The Bees were cold, out of their nice warm hives, and so tended to huddle, and look for warm places. Above, you can see Boss, with the makings of a fine Bee Hat and Cape going on.
The Green Hive was an ANGRY hive, not at all happy with us for going in, and well, stealing honey. I can see their point really. That's Boss there, covered in Bees! He wears a half Bee Suit, as it is easier to work in and more comfortable, and he is really comfortable working with bees.
It was at this point that Woodsman Hans got stung five times, and The Birdchick once. I missed it, having nipped up to the house for another feeder bucket. I returned to cries of "Suit up! Suit up! Angry Hive! Warning"
They weren't kidding. I have a huge hole in my beesuit, too and my pants were falling down inside the suit, and I had no shirt on as it gets hot in beesuits and well, that's a story for another time. Duct tape is your friend in so many ways.
It is at this point you start to think "I think the Bees are beginning to Suspect Something..."
Funky Comb! That's what we call it when the bees make comb in their own artistic way, and not nicely on the frames as they are meant to.
As I said, Kitty took all the photos on tonights blog. Even this one. She is very, very good. Having her out this week was such a very good idea, the both of us tag teaming assistantting is working beautifully. It's pretty hectic with China only a few days away, but we are making it work. And it makes me happy that she is here. We are going to shoot Bengals, still and video both, on Saturday.
Of course there is a Bat Hive. You thought there wouldn't be? (Thanks to Woodsman Hans, who knew we needed one)
And for those of you who missed it on Twitter, a little video of Boss shaking the bees off a frame we are stealing. It's pretty cool, they all sort of fall off. Bees are cool.
Love and Bees,