Some stories can only be captured by photos. Imagine the free bees hanging in a swarm on the young walnut tree, watching my Uncle Pat and son Penn "work" the domesticated bees in the hives. Who has it best? The free bees, or those living in the man-made boxes and drinking free sugar water? Well, the pictures below show that freedom is not forever as Pat and Penn can be seen capturing the wild swarm.
The apiary is just east of Fessie's barn, and the hives belong to Pat and Mike. Penn is turning into a fine apiculturalist, and the colorful hive, or brood, boxes were painted by Rebekah.
These Peaceful Valley bees have a diverse background. Most are Italian, but there are Russian and Carnolian bees as well. Of course, now they are all Itawambians!
Photos are courtesy of Cousin Don Dulaney.