Day 2: Black and White Photo Challenge

3cstyle nominated me for a black and white photo challenge. How can I say no?! Black and white photography is a true passion of mine!

RULES: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.

*I am going to be a bit of a rebel! Anyone that would like to participate, please do so!

Bee on Hive Tool.JPG

Becoming a beekeeper has been a dream come true.

For more BEE excitement, visit “Indigo Acres Apiary” on Instagram!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just BEE You!

♥Roda

img_3960

Dare to BEE Different…

Life at Indigo Acres has been extremely busy.  Our last few weeks have been spent tending to the gardens and storing 400+ bales of hay, in the hay barn.  We need approximately 450 bales of hay, each year, for the animals.  At least the heat and humidity have calmed down a bit, making the task of stacking hay a bit more manageable!  We did take a few hours to hang out with the bees and check in on Thelma II, Louise and the ladies…

img_6419
A working bee tending to drone (male) brood.  Drone cells look like Kix cereal, which makes them easy to recognize.
img_6422
“Hey…what do you think of our new Queen, Thelma II?  I think she is doing a fabulous job!  Did you see all of those eggs?!”
img_6420
A baby bee in the pupa stage.  Although there is no pigmentation at this point, the eyes are beginning to form.

Overall, Thelma II is doing a fabulous job!  Her frames were filled with eggs.  It was nice to see so much activity in the hive, now that Thelma II has settled in.  Although Thelma I is no longer with us, her daughters are being much more efficient with their new Queen.  Our hope is that enough bees with hatch and store a full supply of honey, to sustain the hive, through our long Michigan Winter.

img_6421
Dare to BEE Different!

We are already looking ahead to Spring 2019, when we will add two more colonies to our apiary.  We have decided to call our two new Queens, Laverne and Shirley.  How exciting!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just BEE You!

♥Roda

img_3960

 

Welcome Thelma II

Yesterday was a very exciting day at Indigo Acres.  Thelma II, our new Queen, was shipped overnight and arrived at 10:30 am.  As soon as she arrived, we suited up and headed out to the apiary.  It was time to re-queen our hive.

img_6059
Thelma II arrived in this tiny little container.  The white stick, on the right side, is the queen candy.  The worker bees will eat the candy, to release their new queen, over the next few days!

We kept Thelma II at a distance, until we knew we had Thelma I successfully removed from the hive.  The hive is slowly growing in numbers, so it took a bit of time to locate her.  By the 4th frame, she presented herself.  I carefully removed her from the colony and placed her in her own sealed container.

Once again, it was obvious she was not working to potential.  There were minimal new eggs to be found.  The worker bees, on the other hand, were very busy making honey!  What an impressive work ethic!  Today, the theme of the hive appeared to be teamwork…

img_6063
The worker bees connect together, to move from frame to frame.
img_6064
Look at that TEAMWORK!

Each time I visit the hives, I become more impressed with the bee community!  We have so much to learn from these tiny creatures.

img_6065

Sunday, we will check the hives and find out of Queen Thelma II has been released by the colony!  Let’s BEE positive and hope for the best!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just BEE You!

♥Roda

img_3960