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  1. Thread: Macro Bees

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    Re: Macro Bees

    Yes, yes, yes...please make a little video. I'd love to learn how to shoot sharper bee macros.
  2. Thread: Macro Bees

    by Solarbeez
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    Re: Macro Bees

    The photos are very sharp. Is it a lot of effort to photograph bees in the field? Can you take video with that system? Probably not because you need the flash to freeze the motion with the lens...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    Now we wait for a swarm to move in...
    http://solarbeez.com/2015/04/22/grand-opening-for-grand-kids-log-hive/
    Last year at this time we had had at least 3 swarms, the year before, we had had 4...
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    Re: I Pay Homage To My Bushkill Vac

    Thanks, Odfrank, that helps since I've got Warre's.
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    Re: How Far From Apiary for Swarm Trap

    I hung a bait hive on the very tree that had a feral colony of bees in it. Ten days later I had bees in it. I didn't use a swarm lure, but I did use some old comb and a little lemongrass oil.
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    Re: I Pay Homage To My Bushkill Vac

    Famous Odfrank Bushkill
    Is that home-built or something I can buy? I sure could have used it to pull a swarm off a small tree trunk today. As it was, we tried to sweep it into a 5 gal bucket, but...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    I don't use frames, I do use top bars. The bees will build their natural comb just like in a hollow tree. I won't be doing inspections. I've built this log hive for the bees, not for the honey. ...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    The wood carver has made some progress on the faces and I have made the quilt box so he can carve a structure to top it off.
    Here's some updated photos and a short video......
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    Thanks, BeeMoose. I'll give updates as I get them from Brian and Zada Vorwaller (the couple that's working on it now.)
    In the meantime, here are a couple of 'prequels...'
    This first one is the...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    Thanks, Ray.
    I like your quote. :)
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    For me, hollow logs are hard to find. It's tough (and probably illegal) to get them off the beach, so when I'm interested, I'll ask a tree trimmer or logger if they find a good log that's not too...
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    I'm building another log hive...a big one

    This log hive is being made from a Monterey Cypress that we had to cut down because of the danger of it to the house. Unbeknownst to me, it had a big rotten spot probably caused by someone pounding...
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    Re: Beekeeping on the Oregon Coast question

    I bought Michael Bush's book, "The Practical Beekeeper." That is where I learned there are over 32 kinds of mites in the hive. Consequently, if you are poisoning to kill varroa mites, you are...
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    Re: Beekeeping on the Oregon Coast question

    Did you get your questions answered? I just came across this thread. I've been keeping bees on the south central Oregon coast for about three years. I am basically a non-intervention natural...
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    Re: Is all of this management necessary?

    Most of my beekeeping friends are more into management of the hives for maximum honey production. I suppose I fit into the 'beekeeping idealist' category. I'm more of a "hands off" beekeeper. I...
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    If I wanted to see your video, where would I go?
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    I'm not too particular as to who poses for the video...I'm usually just lucky to keep a bee in the view finder while trying to hold the camera steady. :)
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    Yes, there is so much energy from the bees when they are flying around and around. It's almost like standing in a vortex. Them going into my empty log hive was truly unique. A very thrilling...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    I've got the details here...
    Carving out the inside: http://solarbeez.com/2013/04/26/pats-new-log-hive/
    Carving the face: http://solarbeez.com/2013/04/27/bee-atrice-the-carving/
    Torching it out...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    They don't call me bee brain for nothing. I had my camera ready. :) I just wish I could have shot the "lift off." I was close, but since it was after 2 pm, I figured they wouldn't be going that...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    You will absolutely never regret it. I figured I would use it to throw swarms which I could either keep or trade for biodiversity. It's also a great yard ornament. I carry around pictures of it to...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    Well, I carved the INside...For the outside, I contacted the resident chainsaw carver in town. (I had my wife's permission) :) He's the one that came up with the idea of a pivot hat so I could get...
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    Just about as natural as you can get

    I call myself a 'natural beekeeper,' but this was just plain luck. An August swarm appeared on our plum tree behind my Bee-atrice log hive. I knew it probably came from the log hive and sure...
  24. Re: Honeybees pollinating Tulip Tree blossoms

    Do you see lots of bees on the blossoms? I spent lots of time (I won't say 'hours') but many different trips were made with cameras in hand to try to get some footage with bees. I kept wondering if...
  25. Honeybees pollinating Tulip Tree blossoms

    When I found out what kind of tree this was, I looked around the internet to see if bees pollinated the blossoms. Apparently, east of the Mississippi, Tulip tree blossoms are a big nectar source. ...
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