|Tell me, bee ....|
We're hoping to have better luck with bees this year than last. After having been given a wayward swarm, and having this swarm fly the coop again, we're going to start fresh. It's beginning to seem like we should all make an effort to keep bees, and not just honey bees.
The Canadian Wildlife Federation suggests planting as many wild native species as you can in developed areas, this will help attract our native bumble bees. On Hornby, that isn't much of a problem. But planting lots of flowering plants can't be a bad thing anywhere, can it?
I love that Vancouver's City Hall has bee hives on its roof, and that cities like London and New York are home to urban apiaries. Last year I heard a CBC interview with a NYC cop whose beat was to catch bee swarms!
Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher used a high resolution microscope to capture incredible photographic details of these animals and assembled them in a simply and elegantly titled book: Bees. The images are breathtaking but the forward by writer Verlyn Klinkenborg gives those images true weight:
"Our most important pollinator,the ultimate synergist, and architect, spatial genius, winged apothecary, and the transmuter of the finest substance of nectar into honey, the honeybee has been revered and utilized by civilizations throughout time. ... For me, the noneybee symbolizes and embodies a congruency of form and function , vision and action, spirit and matter, all being of the same essence."