Joe Waggle’s Crayon

Joe Waggle’s Crayon

Pondering trapping swarms and swarm boxes, I remember a neat idea Joe Waggle once proposed. He incorporated lemon grass essential oil into melted beeswax. And then poured it into a suitable mold. Let it harden. And had a ready source of swarm box attractant. Rubbing it in, on and around a swarm box, increased a swarm box’s attractiveness. A beeswax crayon isn’t as fragile or […]

The Plan

The Plan

Well, I’ve got a complete lack of bees and an abundance of empty equipment. It’s a first for me since I established my test yard in 1984. That yard has had an interesting history. I probably should have saved all those yard notes throughout the years. But when I went natural most of them were irrelevant and I dumped them out along with all the […]

Wishing for My Old Camera

Wishing for My Old Camera

I replace my broken Canon A40 with a Canon A530. And I spent about four hours shooting my fluorescent minerals. The results were horrible. It’s probably too early to fault the camera, as operator error might be the cause. The old A40 did a pretty good job, especially with the brighter fluorescence. The color match was great. And little extra blue cast was added. The […]

Spring has Sprung…Yeow!

Spring has Sprung…Yeow!

Through a few mud holes, around a snow drift or two, and I was able to get into my beeyard. The yard was intact. No wind or varmint damage. My son Isaac has been around bees all his life. He’s seen the good and bad of them, having dropped any bee interest after a bad  encounter with Dee Lusby’s bees, near Tuscon. It’s not often […]

Anticipation!

Anticipation!

It happens every year. And now it’s that time again. A month ago, I got a tinge of intellectual pessimism. And it was especially strong this year. My hives were in terrible shape when I last saw them October 25. In fact, I’d never seen them in worse shape. They were struggling with complicated viral infections. And they had been sprayed twice. In my commercial […]

A historic moment in the Arab world

A historic moment in the Arab world

What a moment indeed. My heart soars as I think of the great possibilities for all those men, women and children! Will they get it right the first time? Probably not. But neither did we, as we still have a ways to go. But there are plenty of positive and negative examples they can learn from, both in the Arab world and right here in […]

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