"To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee. One clover and a bee. And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few"
~ Emily Dickinson
Not long after spring's first buds start to bloom, earth's most auspicious creatures set out to fulfill their life's work (literally). If you haven't noticed them yet, you'll likely hear their telltale buzzing next time you walk by a patch of flowers, but before you start frantically swatting the air, rest assured- those little honey bees have been eagerly anticipating their opportunity to furnish their hive and the last thing they need is for you to get in their way.
Honey bees are the world's most diligent workers- they toil from the day they emerge from the hive until the end of their short lives (without even stopping to sleep!) to produce the precious nectar that is used for both nutritional and architectural purposes.
Ancient records describe man's interactions with this liquid gold and how it was highly regarded for its health and healing benefits. Today, honey continues to be a prized commodity. It is used in everything from granola bars to bar soap and simplified renditions of bees and their dwellings are printed, stitched, and stamped onto tea-towels, trinkets, and more - even its name has become a term of endearment for our loved ones. This photo collection celebrates just a handful of the countless ways that honeybees, and honey's delicious golden hues, make their way into our everyday "hives".
~a taste of history~
1. Honey bees produce 1/2tsp of honey during their lifetime (45 days, they never sleep!)
2. Honey never expires- some was recently found in Egyptian tombs, still fresh!
3. It's used to produce the world's oldest alcoholic beverage, mead (honey-wine)
4. Honey has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, and helps prevent scarring.
5. It is a common ingredient in natural bath products for it's gentle cleansing and moisturizing properties.
6. The color of honey depends on the region in which it's produced, and what plants/pollen sources are available for bees.
"The way those bees flew, not even looking for a flower, just flying for the feel of the wind, split my heart down its seam"
~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
"I hadn't been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson in what she called 'bee yard etiquette'. She reminded me that the world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don't be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don't be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don't swat. Don't even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates while whistling melts a bee's temper. Act like you know what you're doing, even if you don't. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved."
- Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Van Morrison, "Tupelo Honey"