I had to stop over at the farm where Gabe is at yesterday and afterward, Tanner and I went out for a hike and got a better look at the bee tree. Mother Nature finally remembered that it is still March and so the weather was lousy, cold with intermittent sleet and snow. Because of all the grey, the pictures didn't come out very well, but I got what I could. I wish I had had something to show the scale of this old Hemlock, but take it from me it is a big tree.
The bees live in this dead offshoot of the main trunk...
The entrance to the hive is at the center of the conjoined trunks towards the bottom of the photo. Unfortunately, there were no bees flying because of the cold. I knocked at the front door, but no one came out to scold me or invite me in.
If you look close, you can see the bottom of a piece of honeycomb just inside the entrance of the hive.
After visiting with the bees Tanner and I continued on and found another of my favorite signs of Spring, wild leeks (also known as ramps). These grow in great numbers in wet, rocky areas througout the woods. I always go out this time of year and collect some of these as they are very delicious, but mostly, I just love how vibrant and green they are. They make the woods feel so alive and awake. It's my favorite time of year.