Hive number three was collected at Forest Grove, Pacific University's Drake House Department of Philosophy. Why they chose the Department of Philosophy? Ask a philosopher.
We had to climb high onto the roof to get to it.
This swarm was HUGE. The biggest one yet. It almost completely filled the Warre hivebox.
My Dad climbed up and balanced on the edge the whole time.
Of all the bees in the entire hive, he was lucky enough to come across the Queen.
He sat for a quite awhile, silently staring at the bees. It payed off!
After he tossed the queen into the box, all the other bees slowly filed in.
That lessened the time he had to spend teetering on the roof's edge!