Another lesson from a past Wisconsin Bee farmer. Creatures of habits

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker

The temperature is warming up in Wisconsin and old habits and rituals start coming into play again; even if they are something you have not done for awhile. Come April the Bee farmers will go out to their colonies and unwrap the protection so the bees can get ready for Spring. The Queen will be checked to see how she is doing, the drones and workers as well. The hives with be checked for any pests or animals that may have tried to get at them.

This is something I miss. Going out in the middle of fields, no one else around, back to nature, and observing a spectacle that really is pretty awesome when you get to know more about it.

Bees will go out up to seven miles and more to find flowers and flora to pollinate. In return there is nectar.

I could get into the bad rap Honey bees get being put into the same categories as other bees, wasps, and hornets get classified into.That would be a whole post and it would be sad that by the time I got done you would realize how really important Honey bees play a part of life daily on earth.

Further, man is doing his best to destroy them as well, and may not even know it. Awfully sad.



When the next time you are driving through Wisconsin, or for any matter, any State, and you see these colonies out in fields take a moment to reflect on the beauty the Honey bees, the food source (IT is the only food source known to man that can and will not ever spoil)and learn what you can about this fascinating hobby and business. You can start this hobby on a 50th floor balcony. It is an easy hobby to start and is magnificent for your flowers, gardens, and yard.

I dread the idea of when bees are gone and we could have done something about it. Wisconsin is not just tourism, big cities, rivers, and Lakes; it is like every other State, it is made up of unique people that possess a quality that is just a different outlet than others may have.

Are Realtors any different? We are creatures of habit. We perform our rituals, and we have our favorite markets.

We travel miles, and our commitment is like no other. We do what we do with passion, and at times we like to congregate. Just a thought from a bee farmer.


Tom Braatz  262-377-1459  and Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and then events, markets, listings, about.

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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


We are all a lot like bees, but, unfortunately some of us don't leave honey behind!!! Thanks,   Fran

Feb 23, 2008 08:55 AM #1
Obeoman Glade Jones - Salt Lake City, UT



Great photos underline you message - a bee has a long journey,that ends with sweetness shared with others.

...what a lessonfor us!


Feb 23, 2008 09:30 AM #2
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


That is what bee byproduct is.


Feb 23, 2008 10:31 AM #3
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Any productive journey is rewarding


Feb 23, 2008 10:32 AM #4
Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Tom - Interesting post rife with analogy.  Have you read the book The Secret Life of Bees?  It's one of my favorite pieces of fiction and is filled with facts about bees and correlations to the human condition.  Hope you'll read it if you haven''s a quick read.
Feb 23, 2008 03:13 PM #5
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park
I hope it's bee season soon, I need to get busy!
Feb 23, 2008 03:20 PM #6
Tom Plant - Murrieta, CA
Tommy - Have you ever considered writing a book? You sure have a story to tell. What wonderful pictures!
Feb 24, 2008 12:24 AM #7
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
Tom,  Bee honey is great, but we should never lose sight of the importance of their pollination work,  Karen
Feb 24, 2008 01:47 AM #8
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Tom...I did a post a while back on the disappearance of the was quite an eye opener! I believe they are doing a special on their plight this weekend!

What a facinating job that must have been!

Feb 24, 2008 03:22 AM #9
Marey Hoeppner
Kalamazoo, MI
Your Success Is Our Goal!
Tom...great post on the bee's. They do serve a good purpose and it is ashame what is happening to them.  ALthough, I personally dont like them and run when they come near me!  lol  My son is also allergic to the, maybe that is why I don't really like them.
Feb 24, 2008 04:11 AM #10
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