|The pictures we took with our "point and shoot" camera do not show how|
truly magnificent this phenomenon truly is.
This Easter Sunday, as I walked out of the packhouse, I noticed the familiar sound of the buzz that seems to echo across the yard. I yelled out to Tim, and then we saw the cloud of bees across the yard. It is amazing to see this phenomenom! Seeing a few thousand bees leaving the tree with a new queen to start their own hive is quite a day at a living science museum. Better still, we then noticed that the bees were not swarming to leave, but returning to the vacated tree! About that time, Jonathan, Joy and the boys drove up just in time to see the bees going into their new home, the "warnup tree". We are so excited to once again have a natural hive of bees in our yard, just feet away from our back door.
Since you're wondering why I keep calling the tree a "warnup" not "walnut" tree, it's because that's what Tim's late father called it. Precious! We always affectionately refer to it as that. It's a cultural thing. You never correct your elders.