Bosque fire licks my beehive!

2 Jul

Fire licked so close this week to the beehive we manage for City Open Space that leaves on the cottonwood tree above were singed. Ouch!

It was a 5 acre fire that torched a chunk of the riverfront forest (that’s “bosque” if you’re from New Mexico) burning down the entire field of trees next to the beehive and starting a grassfire  just yards away. Driving up to the hive, once the area was open to access again, we had no idea what to expect — did the bees abscond? Did honeycomb just melt off its foundation?

Surprisingly, the girls were buzzing along seemingly oblivious to the smoldering forest and the hive itself was filled with combs of honey and worker brood. We sampled a buttery chunk of honey, half expecting it to taste like smoke but it was pure and warm and… to its proud keepers, perfect.

We packed up our gear soothed by this amazing survivor hive. And I swear, as we pulled away, the bees were bearding in the shape of the Virgin, like any other modern day miracle,


3 Responses to “Bosque fire licks my beehive!”

  1. karcuri13 July 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    How scary! Glad to know the girls are ok. Did you have to move the hive?

  2. mistress beek July 3, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Definitely a close call! Actually, we didn’t find out the fire was near the hive until it was all over so we were incredibly relieved to discover they survived. For now, we’ll keep them at this location since they seem to be going strong.

  3. Barbl July 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Whew! What a relief. Wax and wood can burn very well I’ve been told.

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