The second swarm, a week later, was there in the morning. They were very quiet and still, so I believe they had been there overnight. I brought a half-hive over, hoisted it on my shoulder, climbed to the top of a stepladder and shook them straight in. They gathered themselves more quickly and are now happily buzzing about in my backyard:
I now have ten hives under my care - more than I have had in a few years. I think all the rain we have been having has been good for the honeybees in Santa Fe. This might be the year I get back to selling honey at the Farmer's Market.
All photos were taken by Susan, who has a wonderful sense of excitement and wonder at the arrival of all these bees in her backyard.