I spotted this bee hive in a tree outside my office today (in Houston, TX). During lunch, I ran home to get my camera, and grabbed a couple of not-so-great shots in the noon-day sun. I have never seen a bee hive “open and exposed” like this. Twice in my life, I have seen bee swarms, where a second surviving queen bee departs the hive with half the population in search of a new, sheltered, hive location. But the swarm usually disperses within 24-48 hours once a new hive habitat is located and established. I’ve never seen bees build a hive out on a tree limb that is exposed to the elements like this.
(Mods: Not sure if this qualifies as photo sharing or should be in discussion - apologies if I'm in the wrong place.)