I first met Stephen Repasky while filming him removing 60,000 bees from a closed Chi Chi's restaurant. The demolition crew knew how important it was to save the colony.
There was something exhilarating about being so close the buzzing insects and seeing the amazing hive they had built.
I was hooked on bees and Steve became my bee mentor as I added a hive to my garden. Three years later he's shared his knowledge and taught me bee biology. Every season helps me harvest copious amounts of honey.
The master beekeeper mentors lots of other fledglings and spends countless hours catching swarms and giving them a good home.
He's even let me come along to see the process, it's an amazing thing to watch.
His new book Swarm Essentials is filled with fascinating information and amazing images of these special creatures.
He even included one of the favorite bee photos I've ever shot. It shows them in mid air, headed back to the hive.
If you care for bees or are interested in helping European honey bees, this book is a must for your library.