zenbeeism Photos & Videos

4 months ago

It was really nice to see some capped brood and larvae in these new packages with all this cold, wet weather we've been having. In the 3 weeks since I installed them we've had 4 or 5 days above 55 and almost every night was 32 or below. #bees #beekeeper #beekeeping #urbangardening #urbanbeekeeping #urbanbeekeeper #permie #permaculturist #permaculturefarm #diy #makesomething #savethebees #honey #langstroth #observationhive #observe #witness #Zen #beeherenow #zenbeeism #live #love #beautiful #dowhatyoulove

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6 months ago

The evolution of a queen cell. For sometime this colony had been rather sluggish in terms of brood production and before I could re queen them they decided to raise one on their own. In the first image you can see the queen cell surrounded by a very weak brood pattern. Over time the queen eventually emerged and within a couple of weeks began laying. The last image shows the brood pattern of the new queen which stands in glaring contrast to the pattern laid by the original queen. #beekeeping #keepbees #beekeeper #organic #queenbee #queen #queenrearing #urbanbeekeeping #urbanfarm #garden #urbangarden #love #life #lifeisbeautiful #Zen #zenbeeism #beeherenow #dowhatyoulove #nature #honey #honeybees #savethebees

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7 months ago

It always hurts to find a dead hive. There are no signs of pests or diseases & much to my surpise amongst the pile of dead I didn't find a single mite. They left behind 2 1/2 frames of honey beneath a full feed board so they definitely didnt starve to death. My best guess is that despite my winterization efforts they froze to death through that unbearably cold stretch we had a month ago. #hive #honeybees #garden #beekeeper #beekeeping #urbanbeekeeper #urbanbeekeeping #beeherenow #beherenow #zen #environment #zenbeism #zenbeeism #savetheplanet #savethepollinators #pollinators #climate #loveyourself #loveourplanet #learn #observe #happyplace #permaculture #permaculturist #permaculturefarm #bzzzzz

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8 months ago

Finally threw a candy board in my hive. I left them close to 50 lbs of honey but I feel like you can never bee too safe with our long, unpredictable New England winters. I generally like to do this back in Oct/Nov but I recently read that a general rule of thumb is to have feeders on before Dec 22nd. Bon appetit! #bees #beekeeping #beekeeper #keepbees #urbanbeekeeping #urbanfarm #grow #diy #todayintheapiary #loveyourself #love #honey #honeybees #beeinspiring #beeherenow #Zen #zenbeeism #beherenow #live #dowhatyoulove #inspire #beeinspiring #sustainability #permies #permaculture #permaculturist #garden #urbangarden #organic #earthsteward #natural #organic

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10 months ago

Propolis is a brown resinous substance honeybees collect from tree buds. It's malleable when its warmed up but also hardens like a glue. They use it to seal up the hive and to polish wax comb. As the winter approaches here in the North East they work tirelessly sealing up the hive with this stuff. As a beekeeper it can be harvested and used for a multitude of useful applications.

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1 year ago

First honey extraction of 2017 is no disappointment. This is all from a new colony that not only swarmed but we also made a split from them as well. My guess is around two gallons here and we still have a over a gallon left from last year. #honey #honeyflow #flow #honeybees #keepbees #zenbeeism #Zen #beherenow #beherenow #honeybees #honey #todayintheapiary #thespicemustflow #staylifted #staylit #stayfrosty #love #life #dowhatyoulove #beinspiring #organic #permaculturist #permaculture #permies #harvest #honeyharvest #2017

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1 year ago

The evolution of a queen cell. For sometime this colony had been rather sluggish in terms of brood production and before I could re queen them they decided to raise one on their own. In the first image you can see the queen cell surrounded by a very weak brood pattern. Over time the queen eventually emerged and within a couple of weeks began laying. The last image shows the brood pattern of the new queen which stands in glaring contrast to the pattern laid by the original queen. #beekeeping #keepbees #beekeeper #organic #queenbee #queen #queenrearing #urbanbeekeeping #urbanfarm #garden #urbangarden #love #life #lifeisbeautiful #Zen #zenbeeism #beeherenow #dowhatyoulove #nature #honey #honeybees #savethebees

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1 year ago

Saturday my friend and I installed a nuc hive I made from a split into a Kenyan top bar hive. There were a few options as to how to approach this and this is the way we decided to do it. As soon as we put it in place normal traffic and activity resumed. It's going to be really interesting watching this colony progress in their new home. #beekeeping #urbanbeekeeping #keepbees #bees #honey #honeybees #savethebees #harvest #love #loveyourself #live #Zen #zenbeeism #beeherenow #permaculture #permaculturist #permies #dowhatyoulove #staylifted #staylit #apis #todayintheapiary #beeyourself #gold #stayfrosty #eat #sweet #garden #organicgarden #organic

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1 year ago

First honey harvest of 2017! This came from a new package that not only swarmed but we also made a split from them and we're still getting honey! Its been such a productive year with all this warm wet weather we've been having so let's hope it continues to bestow us with the gift of food. #beekeeping #urbanbeekeeping #keepbees #bees #honey #honeybees #savethebees #harvest #love #loveyourself #live #Zen #zenbeeism #beeherenow #permaculture #permaculturist #permies #dowhatyoulove #staylifted #staylit #apis #todayintheapiary #beeyourself #gold #stayfrosty #eat #sweet #garden #organicgarden #organic

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1 year ago

One big beautiful, healthy queen cell. The queen in this hive has been pretty lame for quite some time. Today would have been the day that I decided to replace her but my bees beat me to it and started rasing one on their own. This is a classic supercedure cell not only because of its location and that there are only 2 of them but because of the situation at hand which is a weak laying queen. #beekeeping #beherenow #beekeeper #urbanbeekeeper #urbanbeekeeping #Zen #zenbeeism #savethebees #honeybees #permaculture #permies #permaculturist #love #life #dowhatyoulove #garden #organic #keepbees #savethequeen #queenrearing #queenbee #behappy #pollinators #staylifted #gyo #beeyourself

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1 year ago

Honey will never spoil but crystallization is a natural process. Crystallization may make honey appear opaque or cloudy especially if there is a high amount of pollen in it. Some beekeepers will harvest honey from brood boxes on purpose to produce this quality of a product. This honey came from a hive that didn't make it through the winter. There was quite a bit of it that came out of brood boxes which explains the cloudy appearance. #beekeeping #beekeeper #honey #honeybees #cloudyhoney #bees #apis #todayintheapiary #savethebees #love #zen #zenbeeism #beeherenow #love #life #dowhatyoulove #lifeisbeautiful #beinspired #beinspiring #eatwell #pollinatorsinperil #pollinators #staylifted #stayup #diy #gyo #permie #permaculture #permaculturefarm #honeybeefarm

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1 year ago

Reading frames is an important skill I've been developing through experience that's really been helpful in my ability to assess the health of my colonies. One thing I just love about beekeeping is that it completely satisfies my constant thirst for knowledge and my curiosity. #beekeeping #beekeeper #urbanbeekeeper #bees #honeybees #savethebees #keepbees #hiveinspection #readframes #readsomething #reading #observe #love #zen #zenbeeism #beherenow #beeherenow #life #dowhatyoulove #becurious #learn #learnsomethingnew #inspire #beinspired #beeinspired #italians #italianbees

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1 year ago

There's always quite the party after a few days of rain and cold weather. I made this split a week and a half ago and it seems like everyone has settled in nicely and began working together here. My next inspection I expect to see that some of the queens have hatched and/or signs of a laying queen. #bees #beekeeping #urbanbeekeeping #honeybees #bee #beeherenow #zen #beherenow #zenbeeism #savethebees #savethepollinators #pollinatorsinperil #honey #nuc #nucleushive #split #love #life #enjoylife #staylifted #dowhatyoulove #beyourself #keepbees

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1 year ago

There is some speculation as to why bees link their legs together in this lacework between frames. It is called festooning and regardless of why they actually do it it is beautiful and is always fun to witness. The following link touches lightly on the subject. Enjoy the sights and sounds of my happy place. #hive #honeybees #garden #beekeeper #beekeeping #urbanbeekeeper #urbanbeekeeping #beeherenow #beherenow #zen #environment #zenbeism #zenbeeism #savetheplanet #savethepollinators #pollinators #climate #loveyourself #loveourplanet #learn #observe #happyplace #permaculture #permaculturist #permaculturefarm #bzzzzz #birdsandbees #tweettweet

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1 year ago

These frames with queen cells were removed for a split I made with a nuc hive. There has already been a decent hatching in this split so by the time one of these ladies emerges there should be a nice open nest for her to start laying. #bees #honeybees #queen #queenbee #queenbees #queencells #split #hive #nest #brood #rasingqueens #apis #beekeeper #beekeeping #urbanbeekeeper #urbanbeekeeping #loveyourself #todayintheapiary #dowhatyoulove #behappy #beeherenow #beherenow #zen #zenbeeism #nature #staylifted #dowhatyoulove #loveyourself

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1 year ago

This is the split I made from a hive I had that was raising queens. I simply removed the frames with queen cells along with frames containing brood, honey, pollen and (of course) BEES! Ideally it's best to remove the queen from the host hive and leave a few queen cells behind but I just could not locate her for the life of me. I feel somewhat confident she's in there still because of the amount of fresh eggs that were present including eggs recently laid in queen cells. You live and you learn so here's to trying new things. #beekeeper #behappy #beekeeping #beeherenow #beeheaven #honeybees #apis #apismellifera #todayintheapiary #learn #trysomethingnew #beeyourself #love #staylifted #beloved #honey #honeybees #split #dowhatyoulove #zen #zenbeeism #beherenow #nuc #nucleushive

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1 year ago

Do work. I made my first hive split today. I hope my swarm prevention efforts weren't too little too late or even too late all together but one thing is for certain and that is the best way to learn anything is to just do it. Hit or miss, I look forward to seeing how things play out from here. #bees #beehappy #beekeeper #beeherenow #beekeeping #apiarist #urbanbeekeeper #urbanbeekeeping #split #swarm #swarmprevention #spring #honeybees #savethebees #todayintheapiary #staylifted #dowhatyoulove #love #live #behappy #zen #zenbeeism #bzzzzz #naturalapiary

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1 year ago

After installing a new package of bees for the first few days you'll observe them taking orientation flights. They come out and fly in a figure 8 pattern in front of the hive taking a mental note of their new home and surroundings. Welcome, new friends! #beekeeping #urbanbeekeeper #urbanbeekeeping #organic #honey #honeybees #savethebees #pollinators #permaculture #permaculturefarm #diy #dowhatyoulove #zen #zenbeeism #beherenow #beeherenow #dowhatyoulove #beyourself #beeyourself #lovelife #loveyourself #nature #bees #staylifted

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1 year ago

Waggle it, just a little bit! The shaking bee getting his wiggle on is doing what is called the Waggle Dance. Through this dance foragers share with other bees information about food sources like the distance and direction in relation to the hive. #beekeeping #beekeeper #urbanbeekeeper #urbanbeekeeping #todayintheapiary #apiarist #apiary #bees #honeybees #honey #savethebees #knowledge #spreadlove #zen #zenbeeism #beherenow #beeherenow #dowhatyoulove #lovelife #loveyourself #lovetheplanet #beyourself #passion #permaculture #permies #permaculturefarm #keepbees #lifeofabee

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1 year ago

The first task after hiving a new package of bees is to check to see if the queen has been released. Queens from new packages are mated and paired up with bees from other colonies. To put it simply, there is no loyalty to the queen at first so she needs to be protected for a little bit before they get use to her. The idea is that by the time she's released from the cage the colony will have officially given her their loyalty and won't harm her. This is where a new colony begins and marks the beginning of a beautiful relationship. #bees #beekeeping #beekeeper #urbanbeekeeping #urbanbeekeeper #savethebees #zen #zenbeeism #thehive #honeybees #honey #dowhatyoulove #beherenow #beyourself #love #lovetheplanet #findyourself #staylifted #diy #organic #permaculture #permaculturefarm

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1 year ago

It's always bitter sweet pulling honey out of a hive that didn't make it through the winter. I have a feeling this colony had a very weak queen that just stopped laying. There was plenty of food and the hive was well insulated but no sign of any brood cleaning this hive out. They were alive and well during the warm spell we had in February and dead a week later. To be able to pull another few gallons of honey fro last season is a bit mind boggling to me. We sold more than enough to make our money back and still sat on several gallons to blow through all winter. #bees #honey #honeybees #beekeeper #beekeeping #beherenow #beyourself #keepbees #permaculture #permaculturefarm #farm #savethebees #harvest #dowhatyoulove #zen #zenbeeism #love

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1 year ago

The beekeeping jacket I got this year for my birthday is fantastic. How I've done this for two years without one is something I'll never understand. I'll always have the upmost respect for those amongst us that don't wear a jacket or gloves and hopefully I can get there someday but for now this helps me work better at the hive. #beekeeping #beekeepers #urbanbeekeeping #garden #urbangardening #apiary #growsomething #organic #honey #statlifted #zenbeeism #zen #beeherenow #beherenow #dowhatyoulove #honeybees #permaculture #permaculturefarm

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