The gals out in the orchards are pollinating, pollinating, pollinating!

Where our bees are located, the almond bloom is nearing its peak, and I’m looking forward to a photo session in the orchards later this week.  For now, the boys are checking through the bees, eyeing strong colonies for breeder queens and what I’ll call shake-ability, i.e. colonies strong enough to take some bees away from, to create new colonies.

Like all professions, beekeeping has its sweet spots and its stings, but as far as the almond pollination aspect is concerned, the aesthetics sure aren’t bad.  We miss Montana, but are really enjoying our time in beautiful Northern California.

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