The bees were active today, the first sunny day in a week, so I took the opportunity to add frames to their hives.
First task: use the smoker to puff smoke into the hive entrance. This causes the bees to calm down a bit…
…although calm is not quite the right word for tens of thousands of agitated stinging insects. Here is a stinger embedded in the leather palm of my glove.
Next, check the top of the existing frames.
Add the new frames.
Last, clear some excess vegetation around the hives.