On Wednesday, Adam and I went out to look at the bees and pull some honey from the hives. Adam was hoping to take a full box (or maybe two?), since the hives have been feeling so heavy lately. The Langstroth hive on the right was heavy, and the Warre hive in the middle. They must have strong queens.
I've been having toast with butter and honey for breakfast since then.
See this article about how bees are smarter than computers!) Bees live together harmoniously in a small space, generally free from disease and safe from attack (especially when the hive is in a tree). Only in our modern age with harmful pesticides and chemicals have we really put the bees in severe danger. And bees produce a nearly-perfect food for us to eat. With good management, a hive can easily produce enough for itself and its human tender.