I'll try to stop with the bee puns, but it's just so easy (see..I didn't say "bee-asy" and I totally could have).
I have an invertebrate ecologist friend...well, his wife and I are on the radio together, and so I know him. It's not like we hang out on Saturday nights. Is that what friends do? I don't know. Can't be bothered with humans. Too much fun with the bees.
ANYWAY (any-bee?), he came up and took some boudoir photos of the bees while I was feeding them and inspecting the hives a few weeks back. Here are some highlights in no particular order:
Using the hive tool (like a tiny flat crowbar) to remove a frame. I think you can click on the photos for biggification, but I'm not sure and in trying to check that out, only some of them biggified.
The frame. The bees are doing a good job!
Taking out another frame. Like my bee ensemble? I went with just the pith helmet (which is hard plastic and doesn't fit that well) and a net veil (which is strange and exposes the back of my neck sometimes but I'll get used to wearing it), a light t-shirt (which I have swapped out for a white button down shirt (from thrift, obviously). That shirt works better because it is huge and I can put it on over whatever else I'm wearing, and I can turn up the collar and button it tight, with my pony tail or braid inside the collar. This is a bit gaggy, but means the veil stays down over the collar. With the old system of t-shirt and veil, I had one bee get up inside the mesh by my face. I chased her out but clearly she was not amused, neither was I.
Another frame. Nice shot Tim! (Photographer: Tim Hatten of Invertebrate Ecology). Shows the burr comb...those lumps. At least I hope it's burr comb and not new queen cells. I'd hate to have a coup my first season of bee keeping.
No, how about a view of the beeyard as the closing shot:
Thank you VERY MUCH to Tim and his Mrs. for coming up for the photo shoot. Nice to have a professional bugman in one's circle of acquaintances.