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Wandering the West – Part 3: Yosemite to Crater Lake

My first night sleeping in the van was completely uneventful. I went to sleep, and at the normal time of morning for me I woke up well rested and ready to go. I somehow managed to find my clothes for … Continue reading

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Wandering the West – Part 1: Hitting the road to Yosemite

The idea began rather spontaneously – I was at lunch with colleagues on a Monday and was lamenting, in more rather than less words, both the lack of a good bookstore in the local area as well as the desert … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing – Experimenting with swarm traps

The problem with one bee colony is that it soon wants to be two – either by the colony swarming, or the beekeeper realizing that adding a second colony is a big gain for little extra effort. I fit into … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing – startup economics

When I first began thinking about keeping bees I figured the costs would be fairly minimal – a couple of wood boxes, some bees, a smoker, a bee suit, and that was about it. When I made the beehouse, mainly … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing – building bees

Today was my first “real” hive inspection since welcoming the bees a few weeks ago.  The two other times I had opened the hive more than what was required to refill the feeder I simply did spot checks and had … Continue reading

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Through the camera – the bees are here

Last Sunday I drove about 100 miles to an address I had been sent and found a man with a pickup truck full of bees. In a matter of minutes a 3 pound box of bees were nestled in the … Continue reading

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From Beehouse to Beehive – Taking the next step in beekeeping

A few years ago after finding a dead swarm in my basement, I decided to turn a longstanding interest in bees into something more concrete by building a top bar hive which I called the beehouse and, as with a … Continue reading

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