Saint Ambrose said this about honey. He also called it “profitable and healthful” and “equally sweet for kings and beggars”. Of course he didn’t know about Pooh Bear, otherwise he might have included him and said “equally sweet for kings and beggars and fictional anthropomorphic bears”.
I’ve always been fascinated by bees. Always working, working, working, never questioning, never wanting change, or payment or holidays.
A little while ago I was out shopping, which usually means having some sort of list with things I am meaning to get (plus socks, we all know, they get eaten). Naturally I end up with not too much from my list, but with plenty of little things for the kids, some fancy paper (I am besotted with paper and stationary) and a book or two. On that day I found “The Honey Spinner” by Grace Pundyk. Awesome book. She describes her travels to many countries around the world following the trail of the liquid gold. Some very interesting facts in the book. Some shocking truths as well.
My fascination in bees is definitely not less after reading that book. If anything I am more picky about what honey I buy.
So when that little purple bush in our garden got all these little pinkish white trumpet flowers, I was quite excited. One reason being that it is still alive, as the dog jumped over it one day in a vain attempt to catch a bird sitting on the fence, and totally squashed it. It hung altogether around looking in really bad shape for a really long time. Now, I spoke to it, I reassured it, soothed it, fertilized it, threatened it … and voila, it has grown steadily all winter and looks awesome now with all the flowers. So pretty, I love flowering plants.
Thanks to the flowers there is a lot of buzzing going on in that little bush, quite crazy. Bees flying from dawn to dusk, and working hard.
Funny how their buzzing makes me feel calm. I spent two really happy hours shooting them, photographically speaking of course. This is a snippet of my efforts. Buzz Buzz.