Monday Nov 07 2011 comments Buzz worthy business By: Auburn Journal photography by Ben Furtado -A +A Buy This Photo Now Beekeeper, Tom Harper, pulls a honeycomb laced with busy working honey bees producing the natural sweetness at the Boorinakis Harper Ranch in Auburn. Tom Harper, and his daughter Julia Boorinakis-Harper work together to check on the status of their honey harvest. Tens of thousands of honey bees work together filling each hexagonal wax cell with honey. Sunlight shines through a honeycomb that recently produced honey at the Boorinakis-Harper Ranch in Auburn. Tom harper uses smoke to sedate the bees, enabling him to work the hive with little aggravation to the colony of bees. Applying smoke to the bee hive tricks the bees into thinking the hive is on fire, in turn making them eat or gather the honey, distracting them to protect the hive and less aggressive toward the beekeeper. The smoke is harmless to the bees. The honey bear bottle contains the sweet goodness, held by Julia Boorinakis-Harper in Auburn. Safety first as Tom Harper prepares to approach his bee hives, wearing a protective jacket. Tom Harper prepares a smoker, that he will use to distract the bees while handling honey combs in the hive.