Weekly Photo Challenge: “Door”

Who comes here?

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To find door of home-sweet-home-

protected by time-tempered Western Cedar trunk.

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It is here where the fortunate ones… feral honey bees… fly free to come and go

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through doorway passage

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to eusocial, safe chamber inside…

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Where life-giving honey hive and queen find home in nature-sustained dwelling.

Thoughts behind this post-

By comparison, very few honey bees in today’s world live as their ancestors did prior to domesticated/industrialized agriculture. Every year, honey bee hives are trucked over the Nation’s Interstate highways as part of a super-scale mechanized pollination system.

http://hampden-county-beekeepers.blogspot.com
http://hampden-county-beekeepers.blogspot.com Original Source: National Geographic (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/building-bees/transport-map)

When this practice is added to the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides, habitat fragmentation, and climate change related stressors… Is it any wonder why honey bee populations are in peril?

I found this article, “Tree Beekeeping, Reviving a Lost Tradition”, an intriguing read. Jonathan Powell, an Natural Beekeeper from Somerset, UK, explores an ancient practice of tree beekeeping, a low intervention form of beekeeping, that uses living trees and log hives. This fascinating article about  traditional  practices of the Bashkir people in the Southern Urals of Bashkortostan, Russia, is  food for thought. It provides insight into methods that could be incorporated with current beekeeping practices in the United States to offer balance and respite for domestic honey bee populations.


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”

4 comments

  1. A fascinating post–I had no idea that bees are being shipped — although it makes sense when you consider the huge scale of some commercial farming. I also enjoyed your pictures of bees in the trees.

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