Metropolis of Propolis

As of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 01:37 GMT
(This page will auto-refresh every 5 minutes to show the latest webcam pictures)
(propolis: noun, ˈprä-pə-ləs, : a brownish resinous material of waxy consistency collected by bees from the buds of trees and used as a cement in repairing and maintaining the hive. In a tincture with alcohol, it has serious medicinal uses)

Mission

Produce honey and propolis for sale, foraged by 7 hives of bees from
  • Pear trees (Bartlett)
  • Cherry trees (Lapins)
  • Fig trees (Celeste)
  • Raspberry bushes (Baba Red)
  • Crabapple tree
  • Organic clover field (Crimson & Yellow Sweet Clover)
  • Holly bushes
  • Elm trees
  • whatever else is growing wild around here (black-eyed susans, etc.)
  • Dave's Beekeeping Videos




    Weather Underground PWS KTXEMORY17

    Latest BeeCam Shot

    Should automatically update - Check date/time upper left corner of photo

    06 March 2020 - I've moved the 2 "white hives" into the 2 gaps on the bee stand with the rest of the hives and will be upgrading their equipment soon. The bees in all 7 hives get active when the temps rise above 55F now, so it looks like they wintered well. I'll find out when I inventory the hives.

    Latest Bee Field Shot

    Should automatically update - Check date/time upper left corner of photo. (Most impressive shots here are in April when the Crimson clover is in bloom)

    04 March 2020 - Planting 2 Lapins cherry trees (right of center) and a Celeste fig tree (hidden behind bush at center) to augment the forage for the bees. (Bradford pear at far right). I will also be planting 3 Baba Red raspberry bushes out of view of the camera.

    Technology

    BeeCam: The BeeCam is powered by a 150W solar panel (way overkill - it's just what I had available), feeding a 12V 7AH sealed battery through a MorningStar ProStar-30 solar controller to allow it to run 24x7 without a really long extension cord. It transmits via WiFi 158 feet to the 9th node of an Eero mesh network that covers the property. If the BeeCam picture is old, it's because it's struggling to transmit to the WiFi network, as it is live streaming video 24x7, whereas I only capture a snapshot once every 5 minutes for this page.
    Weather Station: The Ambient Weather Station transmits via the 900MHz band 54 feet directly to a controller inside the Pump House, which is on the eero WiFi network, so it can upload its weather data about once every 2 minutes to WeatherUnderground.
    Bee Field Cam: The BeeFieldCam is mounted on the Pump House (which pumps water from the irrigation pond to the sprinkler system and garden faucets) and takes streaming video and also snapshots of what we call the "organic clover field", a 7,000 sq ft field that has been used in the past as a garden and has never had any chemicals applied to it. Every year, I till up all the plant matter, and having planted clover (which fixes nitrogen in the ground), yields several types of clover every year in April, followed by other wildflowers.
    Software: I wrote all the code to collect the images and weather data, using APIs from AmbientWeather.net and WeatherUnderground.com set up all the cameras with FTP, collection, sorting, and filtering programs on industrial-grade servers at Cloud.IBM.com in ColdFusion.