Hi Annette, thanks for the warm welcome. I'm nearly 300 miles north, and west of you. I live near Garberville. I love to garden and dryland mush my dogs.
My camera is pretty fine and user friendly, but low end my friend. Under $400! it's a Coolpix P5000. Remember the first rule for success in photography; "get right on top of your subject." Oh, and have a completely wonderful subject. Are the baby larva cute or what? And the furry golden workers? I love them.
I am a new bee after keeping bees many years ago in concert with my first partner. I don't remember us "working" them as much as I am though!
And I so wish I knew and understood what i was seeing! It is a mysterious place: the inner world of the bee hive.
I am dealing with some anxiety over it all.
I am using full body brood boxes, 2 deep, and those puppies are heavy! I just worked my hives a couple days ago and I could not lift the top brood box off! I had already attempted to inspect it, and it was absolutely jam packed 90% with honey (there was brood and open space in this box just 2 weeks ago!) Every frame was drawn out like gangbusters and full of capped and uncapped honey. I have ordered some spare deep frames to pull out some of this honey, and give them some open space.....But i tell you, when I went to lift that box off, I had to go at it a couple times before I realized it was at least 80lbs...*&^%$!!!! I am considering the advantages of mediums, which I have read the pros and cons of here.
I am also very nervous that I'll crush the queen. My last inspection I didn't see the queen in either hive. My weak (recently requeened - and unmarked ) hive had eggs etc, and seems to be building up again. But the stronger (marked queen) hive, I didn't find any eggs but there was larva. Honey bound? End of season? Swarm ready? (no queen cells) This stronger hive also has a partially drawn out and about 1/5 full super of honey. Should I just put it below the top full brood box? No queen excluder yet, they don't seem to like it...
And darn! These frames are completely covered in buzzing bees! Pulling out a full size frame of honey, with bees clumping all over it is a little overwhelming...and i got honey/wax on my goretex boots...then I crushed some bees...one stung me through my glove...It's also very sweaty in this veil...What! More burr comb!?!?!?
...You get the picture I am sure! I'm whining and afraid, but loving it!
Here is a cool video of the entrance to my butt kicking hive: