Cool bee swarm, and we still have openings

When I arrived on site today, someone pointed out that there was a swarm of honey bees calmly resting on the branch of a tree about ten feet from the ground. I climbed up a step ladder, got as close as I could, and took this photo — it’s a little blurry because I was up a stepladder:


(Click on the photo to see a larger version.) Because the swarm is in the shade, it’s a little hard to see, so I labeled it. You can also see two bees flying home to the queen.

I wish we could keep the bees here, but a preschool shares our site and state regulations do not allow them to have any bees near the little children. So there’s a beekeeper out there right now, vacuuming (yes, vacuuming!) the bees into a box. He will take them some place where they can live happily.

Oh, and we still have room in camp. We’d love to have your child join us this summer!

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