Volcanic Lightning

My daughter is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala. She caught these video clips of some volcanic lightning in August 2019. It’s cool stuff coming from the ground up!


Island Park Reunion

Video of our family reunion in Island Park, Idaho.


Honey Harvest

I caught three swarms earlier this year and I’m pretty sure at least two of them were from my own colony. They were doing much better in the spring than I realized and had seriously outgrown the hive. I kept one for myself, gave one to a neighbor, and combined the third back into the original colony because it ended up queen-less.

My two hives produced 24 medium frames of honey, which I harvested last week into about 6 gallons or 72 lbs.

Here’s a quick summary of the process:

And here’s the video of the first swarm earlier this year –

Family Travel

Capitol Reef National Park

We caught the brief spell of warm weather over Memorial Day at Capitol Reef National Park.




Caught a swarm!

I caught my first bee swarm in my own backyard! My wife noticed them in the apple tree and called me out. My 11-year-old and I had a blast figuring out how to do it and we successfully sighted the queen at the end of it all. I knew that old nuc box would come in handy one day. I’m now the proud owner of two colonies.

Father and Son beekeepers after the swarm capture