Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Schlemmer’s daughter, Audry, climbs the oak to put a temporary plywood cap atop the log, to keep out rainwater. “There’s a lot of honey in there. They’re going to survive in there,” Jim said. “Plenty of room for their winter storage. And it’s a big colony.” Schlemmer carved out part of the log interior to protect the comb from damage, and plans a door or hatch at chest level for bee viewing.