A lover of nature once said,
"Happy he who, resting in the grass in
the evening close to an apiary, in the company of his
dog, heard the song of the bees blending itself
with the chirping of the crickets, with the sound
of the wind in the trees, the twinkling of the
stars and the slow march of the clouds!"
Beekeeping For All by Abbe Warre
How well I relate to that quote. Below are my bees on April 11, 2011. This is a wild beehive that I've been photographing since I first discovered it back in February.
The bees were so busy! It was great to see them again after all the cold and windy weather of late. I stood in the pathway to the hive - they know me so well by now -- and flew around me like they would a branch. Some would land on me to groom themselves. I just let them the way you would a cat that wants to rub against you. It didn't make me nervous. A couple landed on my camera. I hear the color black draws them in. Mostly they were busy carrying pollen back and forth to the hive.
At times there were stampedes like this (above) at the entrance to the hive where they were impatiently crawling over one another. It's cute to watch. I have no doubt that I could teach almost anyone to be not only fearless around bees, but to end up finding them adorable and fascinating. (The exception would be if you're allergic to bees.)
The bright yellow pollen is abundant, while this bright orange (below) is much more rare. I love seeing all the different earth tones of the pollen coming into the hive. It's what will determine the flavor the honey.
The photo below gives you a good shot of the entrance to the beehive inside this tree.
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