Honeybee Out-Yard

A friend of mine has inquired several times about having hives put on their land – both for adding to the biodiversity of the land and flora, but also for the State Agriculture Exemption that includes having honeybees as livestock.

Every county can decide how many hives per acre are required, and the tax exemption […]

De-Crystallizing Honey – DIY

One of my best harvests this summer was from a few hives that had been near a LOT of mesquite trees while they were in bloom.  The honey is some of the lightest, sweetest honey that I have seen.

Unfortunately, though, mesquite nectar tends to crystallize.  Quickly.  Did I mention that it gets granular and […]

An Evening with Fabien Cousteau

This week, I have had the honor of spending time with Fabien Cousteau. When growing up in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, I watched Jacques Cousteau and his team of explorers and researchers from my living room. They were bringing the wonders of the ocean world to the homes of anyone who wanted to see […]

Honeybee Trapout

Here’s a video that I took while performing the trap-out on Monday’s arrived swarm of honeybees to a neighborhood in Richardson, Texas.


After the bees exit the window-screen mesh cone, they are unable to find their way back in. Their choice is to (a) use the 5-frame nuc box with a frame of […]

Fresh Comb

It’s been three weeks, now, since I added the foundation-less frames to the hive.

Yesterday, I saw another beekeeper in the neighborhood working with his hive at a community garden. His single deep hive had swarmed, and he had caught the swarm and added them to another box. I decided that I should check […]

Spring Break

I took a week of “vacation” and worked on flooring for the house in Tyler.

Here’s a quick time-lapse video of my tear-out of the old carpet, and installation of new flooring.

Hive Brand

Here’s a pic of my new hive brand for marking my woodenware. Made by a friend who is a welder/metal worker.

Late February Hive Check

We’ve had such a mild winter – it makes me worried that we’ll have a cold snap in the next couple of weeks approaching Spring Equinox.

Today was such beautiful weather. At 7pm, it’s 75 deg. F., and we hit 77 today. We’re supposed to have lows in the mid-30’s this Friday night, though.

The […]

An evening with Fabien Cousteau

Fabien Cousteau and Rex Smith

I just received word that I’ve been invited to spend an evening in April 2012 with Fabien Cousteau – grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

You remember him, right? Back in the early 1970’s, Jacques brought the wonders of our Earth’s underwater realms into the homes of America. I grew up […]

Urban Sustainable Ecosystems Symposium

Spent all day today at the Texas Discovery Gardens ( http://www.texasdiscoverygardens.org ) – manning the Texas Honeybee Guild booth for the “Urban Sustainable Ecosystems” symposium. ( https://www.facebook.com/UrbanSustainableEcosystems )

Day two looks to be a great list of speakers scheduled as well! Amber and I will finish painting our hive woodenware before heading out to day […]