My new friend, who is in the tree business, has a heart. He saved this chuck of tree with a bee hive in it to bring home and nurture. So here it is, propped up with stones and with a hive box on top of the hole in the tree. There is an upside down jar of sugar water with tiny pin pricks in the lid for the bees to suck out of with their straw-like tongues. I hope they make it through the winter. My beekeeper friends and I will help him put the hive in a box in the spring so they can expand and flourish. There is a way to take all the precious comb we can carefully retrieve and rubber band it into the rectangular frames for the honey bees to attach. Who knows, they may be “survivor” bees of rare genetic stock.