Reflections – 2010

Reflections – 2010

It’s time to reflect on the previous season’s beekeeping. This is the most disastrous beekeeping year I’ve ever had. And I’ve a few bad ones. But this is the first bad one since going natural, more than a decade ago. When things are going great it’s easy to get complacent. But in beekeeping just like the rest of agriculture, every new decade introduces a new […]

New Camera – New Photos

It’s been over a year since the Canon A40 hit the tile floor and came to it’s end. The A40 was my first digital camera. It was a great camera for it’s time. But that was almost a decade ago. And that’s an eternity for technology. So, it’s time for a new camera. And what better way to play with my new toy than redo […]

Barefoot Beekeeper

Barefoot Beekeeper

Did I read this correctly? “Free beekeeping articles and ebooks” “Natural beekeeping podcasts here” “Subscribe to the Barefoot Beekeeper App on iTunes” And all done by Phil Chandler, in my opinion, the most clear, thorough, articulate and concise natural beekeeping author around! Where’s that little white cord so I can hook up my Ipod and subscribe? Or download them at Biobees.com. Do those little earplugs […]

Heater Bees

Heater Bees

Unfortunately the neat short showing a few flowers in ultraviolet and heater bees in infrared light has been removed from youtube. So, it’s been replaced by this image. The video showed how the heater bees crawled into a cell and remained relatively motionless. Without the infrared, it looked like those house bees were taking a snooze. 🙂 Bee behavior is complicated and poorly understood in […]

Mainstream Beekeeping Going Natural?

Mainstream Beekeeping Going Natural?

Sure looks like it to me! A recent visit to Bee-L had a thread entitled “Honeybee Health Strategies in Century 21“. There, Peter Borst writes: More from the Evans/Spivak paper, in which they cover the work done on bee pathology over the past 50 years: > We will discuss how human efforts to maintain healthy colonies intersect with similar efforts by the bees, and how […]

Bee Books for Free

Bee Books for Free

I’ve found another great beekeeping resource. It’s Google Books. Google has digitized most of the world’s books and those out of copyright are available for free. Interested? Go to Google books advanced search. Check “Full View Only” Enter your favorite beekeeping title, subject or author Read away Books can be read online. Or they can be downloaded as a pdf file. That file can be […]

Organically Managed Beekeeping Podcast

Organically Managed Beekeeping Podcast

Guess what? I’ve got a new toy. I know that’s not unusual for this time of year. But I’ve had this toy for about a year. My wife talked with my techno-savy son and gave it to me as a birthday gift. That Ipod Touch was cute. I uploaded a few free Apps. But most others looked like fritterware. I was so disappointed with those […]

Genetics – I just can’t get it!

Genetics – I just can’t get it!

Well, I promised to tell the rest of this story. So here it is. But what’s with genetics? I’ve got the mind, the ability and the desire to understand it. And I’ve tried to force an understanding. But can’t. Several times, I’ve picked up a college genetic text book and tried to master the basics. I’ll make it through the first half which covers the […]

Randy Oliver – Scientific Beekeeping

Randy Oliver – Scientific Beekeeping

So, what does a non-migratory Wyoming beekeeper do when the winds are howling and the snow blowing? This one turns down the thermostat. Fires up the infra-red heater. Kicks back and reads. It’s been awhile since I’ve visited Randy Oliver’s  Scientific Beekeeping site. It was well worth the return visit.  If you haven’t been there, take the time. For some reason, the site is easier […]

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