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Wearing a Beard of Bees

Clovermead Farm - Aylmer, Ontario July 21 2014
I had an idea for doing something rather crazy... Whenever The Weather Network wants someone to go out and film something wild, dangerous or just plain bizarre, usually Mark Robinson and I get the call, so it didn't take much convincing to get the OK for us to go to Clovermead Farm to interview them about how the weather affects their bee colonies... Oh and to cover ourselves in them!!
 
Wearing a beard of bees was once a way for honey producers to get attention so people would buy their wares. The tradition continues today, and Clovermead actually has an annual beard of bees competition.The bees are quite docile, well fed, and happy. The beekeepers hug a queen bee around our necks, then started emptying the hives, pouring thousands upon thousands of bees onto us. They used smoke to steer the bees upwards, onto our faces. It tickled a lot, and the buzzing was intense!
 
The trick is to remain calm, and don't freak out! I had them completely covering my face!
We weighed ourselves before and after and we had about 2 1/5 lbs of bees on us. In total, Mark was stung only once, I took 3 stings in total, mostly when removing the bees.

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The beginnings of the beard, before they started climbing up.
Mark, showing off his awesome bee beard and sideburns!

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Mine was not so much a beard... More of a "mask of Bees"
I could kind of see, a bit. I had my eyes open, but squinted.

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