213 ft (7 minutes 30 seconds)
Library and Archives Canada list of titled amateur films
"Home movie made by Charles Devenish Woodley, showing the beekeeping operation at his home." Library and Archives Canada.
This film is a part of the Charles Devenish Woodley Collection held by Library and Archives Canada.
Charles Devenish Woodley Collection, Library and Archives Canada
"The footage is as follows: two of Woodley's sons and a dog; close-up of their feet, close-up of flower and bee; beekeeper (Woodley) unpacks and inspects hives; man takes leaves, banked up against hives, away from hives; close-up of bees; man looks at bees; bees gather pollen from blossoms; close-up of bees on flowers (looks like someone is holding up a branch of an apple or crabapple tree containing blossom); close-up of bees getting pollen from blossoms; cutaway shots of the Woodley sons watching; more close-ups of bees; boys in fields; boys run toward hives; more close-ups of hives; intertitle explains that guard bees repel intruders; boys meet beekeeper; beekeeper using a smoker to get bees out of hive; close-up of the hive; intertitles explain the footage of bees hatching and larva capped over; more bee close-ups; close-up of a bee on a lollipop; more bee close-ups; intertitle explains that a queen cell indicates overcrowding; boys helping beekeeper build hives; harvesting the honey in August; beekeeper lifts frames out of hive; one of the boys puts his finger on the frame, gets some honey and tastes it; uncapping and straining honey off the frames in the honey house; honey dripping into pails; boy turns handle to spin honey as other boy looks on; the liquid pours into a pail from tap; honey poured into cans; boy stacks cans of honey; intertitle explains that there is enough honey to last all winter; close-up of opened can of honey; the Woodley family at breakfast, putting honey on toast; Mrs. Woodley pours tea; Mr. Woodley puts honey on a slice of toast; intertitle says bees wait for spring; and closing shot of Woodley and his boys looking at snow-covered hives," Library and Archives Canada.