It was incredibly loud - a true "bee-loud glade" - But as the grouping got tighter, the buzzing got quieter and quieter. 

This wasn't even a very large swarm in general, but the sheer numbers of honeybees gathering in the foliage was staggering and awesome...

You can see the swarm in the maple tree about 20 feet directly above the original hive.

And it was suddenly completely quiet and not a bee anyway but in the gathering itself. The original hive quieted as well, getting back to normal... 

I was working on bringing plants down to the driveway for the Plant Sale when I became aware that the bees were very noisy. Something was going on....

Later in the evening, we cut the branch that the swarm was hanging on from the tree and lowered it down, plopping the swarm into a hive box.  We covered it up for the night. 

Within a few minutes there were thousands of bees outside the hive, buzzing around fervently. They started to land on the surrounding trees and bushes and on me and on the plants I was carrying...

Honeybee Swarm May 9th 

midsummer Farm

I was very relieved when I saw they were starting to really ball up right in the tree above the original hive.

The next morning everyone was still still in the box; they took a while to get settled in, but by the evening we were able to move the new hive box up next to the original hive.