My prayer is that all who read this post are well. My blog has been inactive for almost two months. I couldn’t write. There was just too much sadness. With all the grief and loss in the world, writing a light hearted post about bees felt irreverent. This spring has been one of the prettiest in recent memory. My periwinkle, phlox, tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinth all put on a grand show, but I didn’t take any pictures. Photography also felt irreverent. The blooms were comforting, though, in the same way a vase of a flowers is comforting when you stand by a casket. Continue reading
Beekeepers have some unique traits. One of those unique traits is our obsession with examining dead bees especially after an entire colony dies. We take pictures of our dead bees and post them in beekeeper groups on social media. I spent a significant portion of time one day this week examining photos of dead bees from a hive in Alabama trying to figure out why the bees died. It occurred to me after the fact, that many people may not consider this behavior normal.