Monday, May 08, 2017

Saturday's Riding and we now have a Bee Hive

This past Saturday, it was Brigitta's turn for a ride (yes, a much overdue ride).

It was a sunny day, partly cloudy and warm so we rode south on CO Hwy 83 past the swarming cager nest that the town of Parker has become; through the small town of Franktown past the crowded parking lot of the local biker bar filled with Harley-Davidsons and finally onto the open spaces south.

It felt,  quite refreshing, to be on something that could get to 75 mph with ease and hold that speed without straining anything or anyone.

I turned Brigitta off the highway at the junction with County Road 11 and slowly made my way down some gravelly dirt road to pose her with Pikes Peak in the background.

Note to self: when you mess with camera presets in order to do astro-photography, remember to put things back to the way they were!  I took many pictures with the wrong focal length set on the camera this way.

Brigitta and Pikes Peak

We got home in time for a late lunch and an afternoon of relaxing between errands as the day had turned quite hot for me to stay out riding.  Yep, the travails of ATGATT.

It was also the afternoon where our friend Dale B. had asked for time to install a new bee hive (he's actively trying to keep the bees alive in our area).

Quite a fascinating process and the bees, confused as they were by it all, didn't attack as they flew around the space near us during the whole process.


BTW, while Dale B. does get calls to collect bee swarms, this particular set of bees he bought from some outlet for about $120, not sure if that includes the price of a queen bee which is about $35!

The above excitement done with, the time came for some sunset pictures.  It didn't turn out very colorful in terms of Colorado sunsets but it was OK:




12 comments:

RichardM said...

The bees look pretty interesting.

Charlie6 said...

Yes, they were quite interesting, learned quite a few things from Dale that day.

Canajun said...

Like Richard said, the bees look interesting. Lots of folks around here have hives but I've never really looked into what is involved.

Charlie6 said...

Up until this Canajun, hadn't given it any thought....they seemed to have settled down now, raining heavily outside too....

BeemerGirl said...

Is that hive in your backyard? I appreciate people like Dale that try to keep them alive and well.

Charlie6 said...

Yes it is BeemerGirl, Dale is definitely doing his bit!

SonjaM said...

Hello Brigitta, and welcome bees. We have quite a few neighbours / colleagues who keep bees, some do it as a hobby, some of them in order to have their orchards pollinated. I have a lot of respect for the people who care for bees, they are so important.

LeatherBaba said...

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Charlie6 said...

bees are apparently an endangered insect which may prove really bad for agriculture....was not really aware of this. To me they're part of the objects one tries to keep from entering ones riding gear or helmet!

Charlie6 said...

LeatherBaba, had to look up the meaning of your comment, thanks for the thumbs up!

Trobairitz said...

There are a lot of bee hives in our area, but most are in the fields of clover and grass seed. We need to do all we can to help the bees, we can't survive much without them.

I like that first pic too with the Peak. very nice.

Charlie6 said...

thanks Trobairitz and yes indeed on the Bees.....