|The pond at SteffesWood Apiary|
|Close-up of bees on the stone ledge by the pond.|
|Bee on a lily pad at the pond.|
Bees can quickly get water logged, so they like to hang out on stone ledges or lily pads (or sticks or leaves) where they can easily lap up the water and not drown.
When it's really hot like today, then many of the bees will "beard" on the front of the colony to help keep the temperatures inside cooler. And how cool is the colony? About 94 or 95 degrees Fahrenheit--near the temperature of normal human body. Whether it's below freezing or close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the bees maintain a fairly constant temperature in the hive!
|close up of bearding|
|Bees bearding in front of two hives.|