A Tribute to Bees
This weekend we honor our favorite pollinators as autumn has just begun. The Autumnal Equinox about 10 days ago marks the end of the productive summer season for bees. They have foraged all summer, and pollinated plants we will continue to eat for our own survival. They have built up their honey reserves to help their hive to survive the winter. Now it is October, and they can sense winter is not far away.
We came across this lovely tribute to bees by Frederick Dunn, a full 5:14-minutes long. It is called, The Honeybee Consider its Challenges Honey Bees Endure All Weather Conditions Her Elegy:
This stunning Nat Geo Wild 3:59-minute long video called An Orchid’s Trap – Wings of Life, features the crafty and clever Bucket Orchid as she shares how she manipulates bees for the survival of her species. This timeless cosmic dance helps each have a greater chance of survival… the bee pollinates a new generation of orchids and in return he adds the orchid’s scent to his chemical arsenal from which he blends his unique fragrance to magnetize a female to himself for reproduction. One can only marvel at the extreme intelligence of nature.
And for those who enjoy a little “armchair travel” to faraway places, unless you happen to live in Macedonia, here are two wonderful videos by Roxanna Booms about beekeeping the old-fashioned way.
The first Live and Let Bee video is 4:27-minutes long about Rock Bee Keeping in an ancient abandoned town in north Macedonia. Koce, a beekeeper, lives in an abandoned village near Shtip. He keeps his bees in a traditional way, by letting them swarm into the mountains where he makes holes for them in the rock.
The second video in the Live and Let Bee series is 2:30-minutes long, and shows how some north Macedonian beekeepers still keep their bees in the traditional trmka hives.
We wish you a weekend of contentment, and if you are in the northern hemisphere, hopefully you can enjoy the glorious fall leaves as they change color before dropping from the trees.
In gratitude to our beloved bees and to you, our valued subscribers, customers and blog readers... thank you.
Bee safe and bee well.
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