Today was my first day working with a hive. I went to assist to two people who have very little experience, and were only after the honey. I knew this because the male did nothing but speak about the sticky substance the entire time we were there.
I am not in search of honey. No, my goals are loftier and somewhat altruistic. I am more concerned with preservation of bees. More the matter of how we have managed to kill-off the fucking honeybees. How modern man has fucked things up so badly that the bees are dying off, but I digress.
I had prepared myself as best as I could; I purchased the highest quality beekeeping equipment that I could find. I did my research, and it paid off. Today I was the only person who did not get stung.
I arrived at the site and met up with the others who were there to assist me. One is more experienced than I, having attended one day of a two-day beekeeping course at a local farm. Me? I did my research the same way I always do, via the Internet and libraries. I had done a lot of reading, and I attended a local beekeeper association meeting. And again, I approach the entire matter from a conservation perspective, not purely the harvesting of honey.
The uncapping of a hive is quite an event. The initial rush of bees is a moment that I will always remember because I immediately thought to swat them away from my face, but my face was protected. Once I was comfortable within my protected skin, I began to really focus on the insects, and they were amazing.
We killed quite a few, unfortunately, but I suppose that is a part of beekeeping. I had my own opinions on how things should be done, but again, I am not after their honey. I have taken this a step further and consulted with people who are studying the subject. Had I ever given a fuck to study, I probably could have been a scientist, but again, I digress.
I had been told that the noise from the hive was quite a sound, and it was. As we removed the boxes, one-by-one, I could see the natural order that all bees maintain. And it only left me wanting to know more, which I will.
One thing is for certain, I will be the Queen Bee of that hive and it is only a matter of time until I make it my own. I knew from the moment I saw the overall condition of the hives that no one currently cares about the bees, but I do. That is why I have been given this opportunity.
Anyway, I wish you all a purpose.