Foundationless Frames

Foundationless Frames

The Idea Frames, found in a conventional hive, can hold natural comb. just run the frames without foundation frames can be wired to reinforce the comb set them up like a top bar hive beekeeper would setup his top bars use some kind of starter strip in each frame level the hive and let the bees draw out natural comb inside each frame It’s that […]

Bush Farms Lazy Man

Bush Farms Lazy Man

It’s been awhile since I’ve been over to Michael Bush’s website. His Lazy Beekeeping page caught my eye. Michael’s list is a great one.  Most natural beekeepers can eventually make a similar list with enough time and experience. Although actual application varies among beekeepers, his principles are sound: Top entrances Uniform frame size Lighter boxes Horizontal hives Foundationless frames No chemicals or artificial feeds Honey […]

Winter Thinking . . .

Winter Thinking . . .

Going to pots. My bee equipment is shot. It’s been 13 years  since I bought new equipment to setup a test yard. Initially I stopped mite treatments and selected for survivors. Then I tried formic acid, essential oils, mineral oil, Russian queens, powdered sugar, oxalic acid, small cell and eventually natural cell. I’ve painted the equipment four times. And now the corners and lids have […]

Cycles

Cycles

I’ve returned to motorcycles after decades. What a joy I’ve found in restoring, maintaining, and riding motorcycles popular when I was young. I couldn’t afford to own them then, only dream about them. But today, with careful searching, a great bike can be bought for a reasonable price. And with a little work, they can be better than new. I’d rather be riding than typing. […]

Virago Midnite Special

Virago Midnite Special

Good Old Days My first motorcycle was a 1968 Suzuki X250 Hustler. I bought it new for about $650. That was followed by a BSA 650 Thunderbolt. And eventually, a 1979 R100S BMW, which I took to Alaska. But in 1980, I got married and settled down. My wife hadn’t been around motorcycles and didn’t have the desire pursue them. Plus, the family demands focused […]

1980 Honda CX500D

1980 Honda CX500D

The Bike This one has slightly less than 7000 original miles on it. And it’s in mint condition, with only a couple of scratches in the paint. Even the rubber grommets, tires, etc. are like new!After setting so long, there are always a few minor things that need done to bring a bike back to like new condition. But working on them is half the […]

Rock Resources

Rock Resources

Minerals aegirine andradite albite analcime aragonite calcite clinohedrite diopside esperite fluorapatite fluorite franklinite humite hardystonite hydrozincite natrolite norbergite polylithionite quartz scheelite schorl selenite sodalite sorensenite sphalerite tourmaline tugtupite ussingite willimite wollastonite Other Adventurers Desert Girls Photography Superfluorescence Tozour Rocks Collecting Adventures Fourth Millennium Luminous Minerals Chris’s Mineral Collecting Mineral Data UV Minerals Mindat Wyoming Geological Survey Mineral Dealers Fluorescents.com Polman Minerals Wordcraft Miner’s Shop Equipment […]

Wyoming Rocks

Wyoming Rocks

Pacer Pegmatite The fluorescent minerals at the Casper Mountain pegmatite are mineralogical mutts. They are comprised of admixtures of quartz, albite, and small trace amounts of other pegmatite minerals that gradually grade into each other. Few large, distinct crystals are found. Not too interesting mineralogically. But when they butt up against a serpentine contact, some of these mutts become beautifully fluorescent. uranyl ions light up […]

Greenland Rocks

Greenland Rocks

Greenland’s fluorescent rocks offer a variety of bright color combinations. And their fluorescent minerals are rarely found anywhere else in the world. These palm to hand sized specimens contain: sodalite – reddish orange short wave, bright yellow orange long wave ussingite – dull red, aqua tugtupite – pinkish red analcime – light blue polylithionite dull yellow uranyl coatings/fillings – bright green unknowns – dark blue, […]

Observation Hive

Observation Hive

A functional $10 four frame observation hive. Plans Plans? Want plans? Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: observation hive.skp This hive is one frame high and four frames wide. It is large enough so that a small colony of bee can sustain itself during the summer. And it is easily transported for demonstrations or maintenance work. Details Observation hives are small hives […]

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