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THEY KEEP BEES

Kris and Tim Fitzpatrick are being inspected by the bees (see them at Kris' knees) at the beehives behind their house in rural Vernon County, WI. Photograph by Nancy Camden.

Kris and Tim Fitzpatrick are being inspected by the bees (see them at Kris’ knees) at the beehives behind their house in rural Vernon County, WI. Photograph by Nancy Camden.

In early October, I knocked on the door of a hobby beekeeper in rural southwestern Wisconsin’s Vernon County. Their neighbor had pointed it out as a story for Spotting Wisconsin. Tim Fitzpatrick and his wife, Kris, led me down the hill behind the house to the honey bee hives where in the summer an estimated 600,000 bees work to maintain the colonies. What happens when the days shorten and the plants stop producing nectar? Why do the Fitzpatrick’s keep bees?

Click on the blue words to see photographs by Tim Fitzpatrick of the  bee hives when the honey is being collected from the boxes and cutting the wax caps off the honeycomb cells. Links to two other short stories I’ve produced about beekeeping: Wisconsin Public Radio and Kalamazoo Public Radio.    Like, comment and SHARE on Spotting Wisconsin’s Facebook page.   Thanks to my sister, Karen Camden Welsh, for using her vacation time to wander with me to find this story.