October 3, 2012
Richard Bean inspects trays of honeycomb in one of the hives he keeps at his Blossom Trail Bee Ranch near Baldwin City.
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Buzzing bees blanket the tray of honeycomb in Richard Bean’s bare hands. At close range, their striped abdomens and delicate wings are visible in detail. After 40 years of keeping bees, Bean still marvels at them.