Sunday, May 19, 2013

Springtime in Minnesota

Our bees have been in the hive a week now, but we're unable to open the hives up to inspect the frames for a few more days - until the rain is gone.  From what we understand, it's good to open the hives on a sunny, calm day.
Even though we're aching to look inside those boxes and see if they're establishing themselves well, we've been patient and watching from the outside of the hives instead.  It's not too hard to enjoy the outdoors here in the springtime.

Little Ones in the Spring Sunshine

Bird Camouflage

I always love seeing robins because it tells me that spring is really upon us. They sing a beautiful song while the sun is setting.

We have gone out several times to look at the bees working. Watching the bees at the entrance of the hive can give some indications.  The photo below, for example, shows that the bees are foraging and finding pollen to bring back to the hive for food.  You can see the pollen with the bee on the right, on her back legs, the golden-colored clump.

Beautiful Sunsets Light Up the trees

We are looking forward to opening up the hives, and I'm looking forward to sharing with you about our first inspection.  In the next couple of weeks, I'm hoping to also share some honeybee facts with you. Until then, I'll finish with another photo of our busy bees.  Thanks for this photo, Mr.T!

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