Standing in front of 23 hives, it becomes bleedin’ obvious where the saying “busy bee” comes from.
Check out this row of boxes. You can zoom in to any square centimeter and see bees. The air is thick with them. The hives have been in this location for 2 1/2 days since their move but no one is resting on their laurels in this apiary.
This lemon scented gum tree is the favourite feeding spot (for the moment) for the bees. You can hear it buzzing from meters away.
And they’re also busy collecting water. The poor chickens have to share their trough with the bees. I suppose the river is a bit further away and so the bees have adopted the chook watering hole as theirs. Not much I can do about it. The chickens have jugs of water so they don’t have to put their head next to a row of bees if they don’t want to but I’m sure they’d rather the bees buzz off 🙂
For those cold-weather sorts, I’d like to remind you it is mid-winter here. It was about 24 C (75 F) on a sunny August day when the 1st and last photos were taken. (Okay, the gum tree photo was taken in July but that tree is still humming with bees. I could take another photo to prove it, but how many photos of that spectacle do I really need?). These busy bees don’t get much time to put their feet up and shoot the breeze!