Adentures in Beekeeping: Taking two bars of honey…

Posted by on September 30, 2013 at 11:15 am.

This past Saturday, I finally went inside the beehive.  Of course, I”d thought about getting my daughter to take pictures, but the time that thought crossed my mind… I was already elbow deep inside the Warre hive. Another time, perhaps…

Unlike the last time I opened up the hive there weren’t any nurse bees greeting me; Instead, I saw honeybees busily milling over one another as they carried out their hive tasks. The scent that greeted me, was earthy sweet… a great sign of a vibrant and healthy hive. I’ve come to love that smell, thankfully I don’t need to open the hive to smell that.

During my inspection, the honeybees paid me no mind. They were busily cleaning, adding honey  and capping the comb. The queen wasn’t in the first box, based on the swarming activity I saw in the second box I believe she was in there. I took out two bars. My brother and nephew were in town so were able to sample some raw honey.

After everything was set right in the honeybees hive, I laid the tools I’d used on one of our picnic tables. I told my nephew to pay attention, because I explained that the honeybees would eventually find those tools and clean off every spec of honey.  We didn’t have long to wait in about thirty minutes about ten honeybees were on the scene busily licking up every spec of honey with their tongues.

My nephews eyes were as wide as saucers as I touched a honeybee and pointed out various parts of it body and explained how something seemingly  as this tiny insignificant is a major contributor to our food supply. The honeybee crawled and explored both our fingers. My nephew smiled and told me that it tickled.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
“Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
“Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
11 “Does not the ear test words,
As the palate tastes its food?
12 “Wisdom is with aged men,
With long life is understanding.

Job 12:7-12 NASB

Did this happen by accident, I have a hard time believing that is possible. I know there has to be a master designer that has created all the things we see in this world.

I did take pictures of the honeycomb, I just haven’t had a chance to upload them to my computer… yet. When I do, I’ll be sure to share a few pictures here.

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