Keepers Of Bees (And A Legacy) At Kentucky's Walter T. Kelley Company

Elissa Yancey

Talk with beekeepers and they will describe a certain moment.



Maybe it's the first time they see 10,000 bees in a swarm. Or the first time they pull a frame dripping with bees and honey from an active hive. Or when they first identify a queen bee.

In that moment, they are hooked. Forget scared or anxious, as most of us are around bees. They use words like "spiritual" and "peaceful" to describe their interactions with the bees -- and then they spend years trying to understand them.