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The first group of bees came in early April. They were shipped in a wooden box overnight USPS. A fine wire mesh was stapled over one end where the bees could be seen clinging to the sides. My father had been prepping for their arrival for months — nailing together wooden boxes and fastening frames. He painted the first hive bright yellow. 

This is his first foray into the world of beekeeping and it has been amazing to watch the process. It took months, starting with stacks of DIY beekeeping books and youtube videos; then gathering materials and spending hours nailing, gluing, fastening, pinning, and placing the pieces together. A stark contrast to the feverish speed the bees began working immediately after being introduced to their new home.

I suited up with him one afternoon a few weeks after he launched the second hive. It was early May but summer heat had already set in. The thick canvas jacket stuck to my arms with sweat. We lit a small fire in a stainless steel canister, using the smoke to subdue the bees. With bare hands, he lifted the cover off and began pulling frames out one by one, examining their work.

Pentax k1000 | 50mm f/1.2 | kodak MAX 400