Bee Zen

Bee Zen Videos

The bees make only a cameo appearance in Unfettered Journey. So why talk about bees? The novel tells of the self-reliance that we can learn and the peace we can gain from living immersed in nature. You may find that peace when joining me on the pages. Follow the full story of caring for the bee colonies in my Napa apiary. Let's all take a deep breath, and be zen with the bees.

Bee Zen to stay calm today

Bee Zen

By Gary F. Bengier | April 4, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It seems like an interesting time to launch a discussion about the future – interesting in the same way as the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” But notwithstanding the apocalyptic feeling engendered by the current moment, I’ll stay positive about our future. Let’s begin this conversation… Read More »Bee Zen

More Bee Zen: Nectar

By Gary F. Bengier | April 8, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! As we finish three weeks of social distancing and sheltering in place in Northern California, let me share a few thoughts and a moment to take a deep breath. The coronavirus spreading throughout the country leaves everyone fearful. It feels apocalyptic, something out of a sci fi novel. (And… Read More »More Bee Zen: Nectar

More Bee Zen: Checking the Split Box

By Gary F. Bengier | April 19, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend; though with social distancing, sometimes it is hard to tell where on the calendar we are, since ‘home’ is not just home anymore, but rather it is where many spend most of their time. If you can safely get outside to look at a tree or… Read More »More Bee Zen: Checking the Split Box

More Bee Zen: the Beaver

By Gary F. Bengier | April 26, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. We still don’t know when it might be safe to allow this process to end. Several states have just begun experiments to ease restrictions and to open their economies for business. This easing is done in… Read More »More Bee Zen: the Beaver

More Bee Zen: Checking Frames

By Gary F. Bengier | May 3, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, to check on the frames in a couple of our colonies. Here are a few… Read More »More Bee Zen: Checking Frames

More Bee Zen: Wildlife and TP

By Gary F. Bengier | May 10, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, watching the wildlife along the way, as we learn about bees and their TP. Here… Read More »More Bee Zen: Wildlife and TP

More Bee Zen: Rechecking Our Split

By Gary F. Bengier | May 17, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, to check on the new colony that we tried to make from a split. Let’s… Read More »More Bee Zen: Rechecking Our Split

More Bee Zen: Harvesting Honey

By Gary F. Bengier | May 24, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to harvest some honey from one of our flow hives. Join me… Read More »More Bee Zen: Harvesting Honey

More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 1

By Gary F. Bengier | May 31, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to install three new packages of bees, that I received through the… Read More »More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 1

More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 2

By Gary F. Bengier | June 7, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to continue our installation of three new packages of bees, that I… Read More »More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 2

More Bee Zen: Helping Bees Deal With Natural Threats Part 1

By Gary F. Bengier | June 15, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to learn some techniques to help bees deal with natural threats. Here… Read More »More Bee Zen: Helping Bees Deal With Natural Threats Part 1

More Bee Zen: Helping Bees Deal With Natural Threats Part 2

By Gary F. Bengier | June 21, 2020

And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to learn some techniques to help bees deal with natural threats. Here are a few moments to spend with the bees.

More Bee Zen: Helping Bees Deal With Natural Threats Part 3

By Gary F. Bengier | June 28, 2020

And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to learn some techniques to help bees deal with natural threats. Here are a few moments to spend with the bees.

More Bee Zen: Helping Bees Deal With Natural Threats Part 4

By Gary F. Bengier | July 5, 2020

And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to learn some techniques to help bees deal with natural threats. Here are a few moments to spend with the bees.

More Bee Zen: Harvest More Honey Part 1

By Gary F. Bengier | July 12, 2020

And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to harvest more honey. Here are a few moments to spend with the bees.

More Bee Zen: Harvest More Honey Part 2

By Gary F. Bengier | July 19, 2020

And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to harvest more honey. Here are a few moments to spend with the bees.

More Bee Zen: Work Around the Bee Yard

By Gary F. Bengier | July 26, 2020

And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to work around the bee yard. Here are a few moments to spend with the bees.