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Here is a view of my two new hives (yellow and green) and a trap (white) from the inside of my house. The hives are placed on the roof of my garage. This places them well above our backyard play area. Being in the north, it is also good that we have a natural tree barrier to the north of the hives, while the house protects from a western wind. The hives are positioned so that I can teach people about beekeeping while they are in my kitchen (protected by glass/screen). The hives are easily accessed by a stairwell.