Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Seasons Are Changing

It looks like winter is on its way!  Yesterday we got our first snow of the year.  It has snowed up on the mountains a few times already, but this was the first snow down here in town.  It didn't snow a lot, just enough to cover the grass and ice up the windshield.

Here is a picture of the hive in the little bit of snow we did get.
Not much snow there, but it is chilly enough to keep the bees inside today.

This next picture was taken inside the feeder that I still have in place.
I think the bees must be clustered up in the top of the hive just under the left side of the feeder.  It looks like the cluster is overflowing up into the feeder.  If you look closely, though, you can see some of the bees lined up on the bottom with their heads pointing down- they are feeding on the sugar syrup.  I hope it stays warm enough long enough for the bees to finish off this last batch of syrup.  We are supposed to warm back up to about 50 degrees F (That's about 10 degrees Celsius) later this week.

The following are a few pictures of the Bighorn mountains which I took this morning.  The Bighorns run north and south.  We live just on the west side of the mountains so these pictures are looking east at the western slope.  You should be able to click on the photos and see larger view.

I love the Bighorn mountains!  I think they are one of the most beautiful places on earth and feel truly blessed to live where I do.


Gwen Clark said...

Nice pictures of the mountain, Gary. Makes me homesick.

bees in the bay said...

Great pictures. Will you wrap the hives this winter to help keep them warm?

Robertson Family said...

@Bees In The Bay- Thanks! I will not be wrapping the hives. We currently have polystyrene Beemax hives which offer extra insulation. But I still would not wrap the hives even if I had regular wooden hives. There are plenty of other wooden hives in the area that are not ever wrapped and they seem to survive just fine with temps as low as 20 below. I think it just isn't necessary.

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