The owners of Lamont Pure Honey live a few km from the place I stay in the Okanagan. I got to tag along with Claudette Lamont on her bee ventures! It all appeared a simple project until I spent time in the beekeeper suit all day checking up on the bees at over 30C temps.
Impressed with the strength and endurance needed to be a bee-keeper. Claudette is 65 years old and is super strong to lug the honey laden boxes around.
|In the beekeeper suit... found the bees friendly and not attacking.|
|Lovely echinacea fields that the hives are near|
|Claudette, prepping the smoker|
|Forager bees bringing home the honey!|
|Claudette, checking on the work in progress in the awesome scenery|
|Happy to see the whole process|
|Blowing out the bees of a honey laden tray. Their job is complete and this keeps them back with their hive.|
|HONEY! Check out the height of the honeycomb. Tray weighs over 40 lbs|
|The truly RAW honey after the honey laden trays have been spun about|
|Borage flowers are planned for next years honey bees. Borage flowers bloom late into the season providing opportunity for the foraging bees. The honey produced from borage flowers is exquisite with a high viscosity like oil.|