Finally got to meet those bees!
“Don’t be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don’t be an idiot; wear long sleeves and long 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
I recently had the opportunity to spend the day with David McDonald of Hives for Haiti at his home on Salt Spring Island. David is an accomplished apiculturist that co-founded Hives for Haiti, a non-profit that teaches beekeeping and permaculture to people in rural Haiti. He is passionate and knowledgable and we had such a lovely afternoon learning about the behaviour and patterns of bees, they are truly fascinating and complex creatures; I’m already planning my return trip to learn more. Here’s a few photos from our day:
Click here to learn more about Hives for Haiti.