Alex Brown
  • Alex Brown is a professional photographer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. His recent work has focused on the changing face of artisanal manufacturing and sustainable agriculture. This photo shows a bee covered in powdered sugar. Powdered sugar is sometimes used as a natural treatment for Varroa mites, a parasite that can affect bees.
    Alex Brown
  • These photographs are the result of a two-year project documenting the <a href="http://www.alexbrownphotography.com/urbanbeekeeping.html" target="_blank">urban beekeeping</a> ommunity in New York. In this photo, Whitney Fuller inspects her hives on the roof of The Ace Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y.
    Alex Brown
  • Sam Comfort from Anarchy Apiaries inspects a hive on the roof of a building in lower Manhattan, N.Y.
    Alex Brown
  • Chase Emmons performs a hive inspection at the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in Long Island City, N.Y.
    Alex Brown
  • Apprentice <a href="http://www.alexbrownphotography.com/urbanbeekeeping.html" target="_blank">beekeepers</a> take part in an educational program run by the Brooklyn Grange inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.
    Alex Brown
  • Bees laying down wax honey comb.
    Alex Brown
  • Honey comb from a traditional Top Bar Hive.
    Alex Brown
  • A Langstroth Hive in The Brooklyn Navy Yard. Leaves are used as an entrance reducer at the end of the season to help bees defend their hive from potential predators.
    Alex Brown
  • Meg Paska checks her <a href="http://www.alexbrownphotography.com/urbanbeekeeping.html" target="_blank">hives</a> on a rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Alex Brown
  • The queen bee surrounded by her attendants.
    Alex Brown
  • A package of bee ready to be installed in a new hive. These typically contain around 10,000 bees.
    Alex Brown
  • A bee hive in Red Hook, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Alex Brown
  • A close-up of dark late season honey still in the hive.
    Alex Brown
  • Fresh strained honey is extracted from crushed honey comb.
    Alex Brown
  • This photo shows beekeeping jackets with a protective veil. For more from Brown, visit <a href="http://www.alexbrownphotography.com/urbanbeekeeping.html" target="_blank">alexbrownphotography.com</a>. Many of the photos from this series are featured in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rooftop-Beekeeper-Scrappy-Keeping-Honeybees/dp/1452107580/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393429117&sr=1-1&keywords=rooftop+beekeeper">"The Rooftop Beekeeper: A Scrappy Guide to Keeping Urban Honeybees"</a> by Meg Paska, published by Chronicle books.
    Alex Brown
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