Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own worlds, we forget about the big one: Mother Earth.
I’m a tree hugger. I admit it, and I’m proud of it. But I recognize that not everyone may feel as passionately about our planet as I do. Still, a blind eye isn’t an excuse for avoiding some very important changes our world is experiencing. So if you give me a moment, I’m hoping you’ll stick with me and allow a little cross-pollination into your day. (Ha! Cross-pollination and a blog about bees. Get it?)
If you’re a fellow tree hugger, hopefully this blog will reinvigorate an old passion. If you’re not, that’s okay too. All I ask for is a little open-mindedness into an issue that’s anything but little.
I started a new job last September and was very fortunate to meet a colleague who’s got an obsession for Honey bees. Her name is Nancy Bowe. A graphic designer by trade, Nancy discovered this passion when tasked with writing a thesis to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. For most people, a thesis often brings on feelings of dread. For Nancy, it blossomed into a whole new world and a published book.
Armed with a camera and a deadline, Nancy quickly realized that her long-term love of nature—instilled by her mother at a young age—was going to bring on an unexpected journey. Her thesis would also give her a serious education about the plight of Honey Bees and how precious they are to our planet.
“I never truly understood why honey was considered the ‘nectar of the gods’,” Nancy says, “until I started meeting beekeepers. They taught me why honey bees were so sacred to ancient man, and why they’re endangered for us now.”
Did you know bees have evolved for over 100 million years?
It’s true. They’ve been preserved in fossils, depicted in prehistoric cave paintings, and revered by ancient Egyptians. (And for anyone who knows me that’s a biggie, given my love affair for those amazing people!) Bees use the sun as their compass and can fly nearly two miles to forage for water, nectar, and pollen. They’re vital pollinators of crops, orchards, and wildlife habitats. They provide humans with minerals, vitamins, and nutrients.
They’re also dying off.
Make no mistake, this is a dangerous situation.
So Nancy made it her task to educate people about what is happening. It’s why she published her book, so people could see the splendor of these amazing insects and also learn how easy it is to make our environment bee-friendly, so they can continue to provide the planet with all they have to offer.
I don’t often plug book, but this one warrants a look. It makes a great gift (the photos are spectacularly breathtaking and beautiful) as well as a coffee table piece (the content makes for great conversation). Plus, Nancy’s donating part of the proceeds from the sales of her book to honey bee decline research organizations and intends to release a children’s illustrated book in the future. Because, as Nancy says, “One out of every three bites of food we eat are pollinated by bees. If they are in trouble, all of humanity is in trouble. But there are many ways in which everyone can help save the hard-working honey bees.”
You can buy a copy of Nancy Bowe’s book, The Honey Bee Portrait, on Amazon.
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