Before September slips away, I wanted to be sure to acknowledge that it’s National Honey month. What better time to celebrate our beautiful bee friends?
All month I’ve been watching the industrious bees gather pollen and nectar in my garden, especially feasting off the goldenrod. And all month I’ve been thinking about bees and the gifts they give us and the relationship we’ve had with them for so many thousand years. Years ago I read a tale about how the tears of the Egyptian god Ra, when they hit the hot desert sand, turned into bees. And I’ve always been delighted by the tale that says that Kamadeva, the Hindu god of human love and desire, has a bowstring made from humming bees. Both those tales remind me that the bees are there through it all – the tears and the love.
I, of course talk to the bees. Although I don’t keep hives, it’s been a long time-honored tradition to keep the bees informed of what’s going on. Here’s a bit about the custom from the Raising Jane Journal.
Another beautiful example of bee and human collaboration are these fabulous artworks co-created by artist Aganetha Dyck and bees which can be seen here.
What to know more about bees? Isabella Rossellini put together some delightful sketches you can see here.
And there’s more to learn here in this article by artist Judith Shaw.
Artist Joyce Roetter did an incredible series of micrographs (photographs taken through a microscope) of bees. Check out the astonishing images.
Moving from the sublime to the adorable, Colette Bream creates knitted toys. I’m in love with this lambswool knitted bee.
In the manner of all good celebrations, I think we should indulge in some food don’t you? Don’t these honeycomb sugar cookies posted on A Beautiful Mess look both fun and delicious?
What about you? What’s the buzz where you’re at? What are you celebrating today? Have any bee stories to share? Are you a honey lover? Do tell – you know I love to hear.