And now for the latest in beekeeping fashion, this delightfully puffy all-white ensemble keeps the stingers out. I know, it's not pretty. But my visit to the hives of Metis Bee at the Proracki sweet potato farm was incredible, wondrous and educational.
I love bees. I have five giant bumblebees tattooed on my back. I think they are one of nature's most incredible miracles. So when I was offered the chance to go to a hive and see how it runs, I was as giddy as a kid at Christmas.
Ian hovered around taking photos and he did actually get stung on the head (way to take one for the team, honey!) and I stayed mercifully sting-free. In fact, the bees didn't show any aggression toward me at all. Of course I wasn't the one taking apart the hive boxes, but still. I was right there and obviously NOT one of them.
Here are just a few of the hundred photos Ian took of my visit with the bees!