In January 2010, the Apian team traveled 30 miles South of Clewiston to remove and relocate 20 established bee colonies from several farm structures. The early morning was cool. This made removals comfortable, since full gear was used for protection. When our day was finished, we had harvested over 55 gallons of honey and nearly 100 pounds of bees (300,000). On our way back north to Clewiston, we looked out upon the thousands of acres of sugarcane ripening beneath the Florida sun. Overhead, a pair of eagles soared and an osprey flew over a waterway, sporting a fish in its talons.
After crossing the Moore Haven Bridge, the landscape morphed into endless groves of citrus with beehives, already in place, awaiting a bounteous nectar flow. The piney woods of Sebring and Avon Park abounded with palmetto prairies and gallberry thickets, which provide delectable nectar in late spring. Honeybees always provide us with an amazing source of discovery and adventure
-Raymond Mills, Beekeeper