Pensacola Live Oak
  May 14, 2007 12:02 PDT 

I measured a Live Oak in Pensacola, Fla. on Mothers Day. While on the 
way to the evening meal, at a restaurant located near University Mall, a
large Live Oak caught my eye. I wheeled around in the parking lot and
there she stood, growing adjacent to a Goodyear store north of the mall
parking lot. This tree was about 250-300 years old. 
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I thought how much
change all the trees in cities have been through, and yet still grow
being tolerant of all the changes brought to them by man. Anyway, the
tree measured, CBH-23'8", Height  57' and Spread-127.5 making it the new
#18 on our listing.     

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       I had a added treat while measuring this Oak, I noticed some
honeybees flying around, looked up and saw that the bees had a colony in
the Hollow Oak. Being a Beekeeper, I wasn't surprised, but glad to see
bees surviving. The Honeybee has been struggling these last few years,
they play a most important role in pollination as you all know. Keeping
bees has been a great learning experience for me, and it was a pleasure
to see them in such a natural setting. Ed, I'll send some photos.   


Back to Larry   Robert Leverett
  May 14, 2007 12:21 PDT 


   Great find. We're leaf green with envy. You are leading the charge
with the search for 20-footers. I think we can safely say that
sycamores, tuliptrees, bald cypresses, and live oaks are the contenders.
Willows and cottonwoods might be in there too. Once upon a time, the
American chestnut would have been a contender, but now I think the
contest centers principally around the sycamore, tuliptree, bald
cypress, and live oak, with the latter probably winning the race.

   I am really fascinated with your role as bee keeper. Any stories to
share with us? I get the feeling that Beekeepers develop a deep
appreciation for bees. Has that happened for you, and if so, what
stimulates the appreciation? I marvel at Beekeepers who allow their bees
to cover them. What is the current thinking among Beekeepers about the
reasons for honeybee decline?

RE: Back to Larry
   May 14, 2007 13:19 PDT 

About 10 years ago a swarm of bees decided to make a colony in a fod can
on the flightline at work. I contacted a beekeeper from Louisiana, we
didn't want to kill the bees. He needed me to assist him after working
hours. I agreed to stay and help, he asked me if I had a place to keep
the bees. I had just bought 10 acres inland, he said that would be a
great location for the swarm. He took a cardboard box with a screen on
the box and coaxed the swarm in the box with a little honey, capturing
the queen with a small piece of honeycomb. He took the fod can lid off
and shook it, all the bees were thrown into the air. Within 10 minutes
all 10,000 bees went into the box. We then drove to my property and put
them in a Hive.                                                          
     For the next four years I worked for him on the side, collecting
and removing bees from Houses, Trailers and Commercial Buildings. All
this work was done at night for bees are visual flyers. We would for
example, remove a sofit board on a single or double story house, vacuum
the bees up, remove the comb and honey, wait several days then rebuild
and seal the affected area. I spent many a night on ladders with
lights, saws, drills and a modified shopvac. We also caught swarms and I
would put them in Hives.   As for the disappearance, they think it is a
virus or a parasite similar to what happened in the 90's.