I did not do a full hive inspection this time but rather, just removed the top and looked into the deep honey super to see if the bees were cleaning up the old comb and reusing it. When I put the second deep on the hive last week, I filled it with previously used comb - some of which was pretty destroyed in previous honey extraction.

These are my favorite of all bushes in our gardens .... the Snowflake Viburnums. They seem to love our Pacific Northwest climate, growing fast and thick to a height of about eight feet. Perfect for privacy in Spring and Summer, they also enhance our compost bin each fall when the leaves drop. These offer protection for nesting birds and are a back yard delight.

Introducing the second graduating class of 2018! This is our second run of chicks this season. Here, they are pretty chicks all in a row ... Having finally learned how to fly up onto the roost!!

After two devastating winter losses, here we go again ...

This photo was taken at the tail end of a hive inspection - here, I am inspecting a piece of burr comb I removed from the hive to see if there are any eggs (or worse, a queen bee) on it.

"Burr comb" is extra comb the bees build inside the hive. It's important to remove it regularly so they don't impede your ability to move/remove frames from the hive and to keep things neat and orderly. :)

My wife took this photo yesterday ... Beautiful pink flowers in front of a bed of golden oregano ... just had to share! Everything is in full bloom and our yard looks like ... well, Paradise. :)

This is a VERY aggressive hive and they DON'T LIKE me messing with them. But they've been busy in the one super, so it was time to add another. Also removed the entrance reducer and Boardman feeder...

While walking through the gardens with my wife this morning, this caught my eye ... a water droplet held in place on a Lupine flower. Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine (North America), is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. The genus includes over 200 species, with centers of diversity in North and South America.

I have a webcam right near the entrance of a birdhouse on our garden shed and, quite often, get some rather remarkable pictures. Here's one from last weekend! :)