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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Today is the anniversary of the Atlanta flood

Today is the anniversary of the Atlanta flood (and thus the Blue Heron flood).  Last year on this day seven hives floated down Nancy Creek in the swollen flood waters and 300,000 to 450,000 bees were killed in seven wet hive topples.

(photo taken on Sept 22, 2009)

We lost bees and equipment which floated down the creek.

Today the Atlanta Journal published pictures of what various area locations looked like on September 21 last year and what the same location looks like today.

To follow their lead, above you can see the catastrophe of one of the toppled hives.  Below you can see the present day at Blue Heron.  We now have a new high-on-a-hill location for our Blue Heron hives and have kept on keeping on as beekeepers in the apiary there.

(photo taken March 30, 2010 as we installed the nucs)

Ah, we are persistent beekeepers, Julia, Kevin, Peter, and I (the owners of the four hives there).


  1. Cool deal, persistence and conservation is at the deepest seat of every beekeepers heart i believe. You guys haven't let the major setbacks discourage you all from doing what is needed. That is the preservation and conservation of our bees.

  2. Great example of perseverance! Lucky for the honeybees to have the likes of you!

  3. At the end of the day, this is what it's all about. BRAVO, Blue Heron beeks!

  4. Thanks God your back to normal shape. Great effort and hard work will be rewarded afterall.

  5. Anonymous8:05 PM

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