Big mistake. Bees are honey hoarders. They have been storing and hoarding all Summer long. This time of year they are protective of their loot. Within a minute of me taking out the first frame I got stung in the back and they were not happy with me. Granted I didn't wear the proper clothing, I was wearing a light shirt and leggings. But I ended up having to walk away from the hive put on thicker clothing and then close it up quickly. When I went in to change I found a bee in my leggings, how the heck that happened I have no idea.
I tried smoking the bees at that point but it was no use they were already pissed at me. I managed to get the hive back together quickly without any other harm but I have definitely learned that I will never open the hive again without a smoker ready.
I was only able to get a couple of pictures before upsetting the bees. But I was able to tell that all of the frames except for the two outer ones are covered in capped honey. Here is what I saw:
They have really used lots of propolis to glue together the hive making it hard to pull it apart.
Frames with capped honey covered in bees.