Ancient Bee Story

November 22, 2008 at 5:16 am 7 comments

“Ever since Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” first warned us against the dangers of chemicals in our natural world—we seem to be entering a new, more dangerous period, where the accumulated human effects upon the environment are producing an obvious toll. In this story, another human soul speaks out, this time, about the plight of the honeybees.” – from Cooking Up A Story. 


When David Suzuki came to Australia in the last few years, and gave numerous talks, he counted one of the main influences on his life’s work as being Rachel Carson.  A silent spring would indeed be a very strange thing, no sounds to show the humming back into life of the cosmos for the growing season. 

This short video, thanks to the brilliant work of Rebecca Gerendasy from CookingUpAStory, shows entomologist Lynne Royce, talking about her passion for bees, showing that understanding these small, ancient, industrious creatures who give so much to the world, leads to better interaction with them. 

Bees are known for their quirks and intelligences, and have even been venerated as gods and goddesses in ancient times, and have scientists endlessly studying their tendency to “Bee Dance”.  Rich bounty comes from the ancient involvement of bees with humankind, in beeswax, honey, pollenations and propogations in Nature.  It seems unlikely bees will disappear from the earth, but with better understanding, a more insightful connection to them is possible, interwoven into culture as they have been for millions of years.


(copyright Monika Roleff 2008 – Bee on Chestnut Flower in Spring.)

(copyright Monika Roleff 2008.)

(copyright CookingUpAStory, 2008.)


Entry filed under: Sustainability.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Thalia  |  November 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    very interesting. And seeing your picture of the bee on a chestnut flower immediately had my nose sniffing as I remembered the pungent scent connected with the flowering of chestnuts.

  • 2. Jill  |  November 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Excellent post. The bee population in the Uk is rapidly diminishing…very scary – we are all trying to do our bit by planting to not only attract but encourage them. Having said that I was a little, to say the least, surprised, when this last spring several honey bees emerged from the open brickwork in the living room – needless to say I encouraged them outside – I still don’t understand why or how this half dozen or so bees wintered seemingly alone here, but I am happy to share my space, just would prefer it to be of the outside variety 🙂

  • 3. Lori  |  November 22, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Great post. I highly recommend the novel “The Secret Life of Bees”. The story takes place in the home of a bee-keeping family so there are a lot of fascinating tid-bits about raising bees. (The movie does not get into it that much).

  • 4. imogen88  |  November 23, 2008 at 1:43 am

    A Fascinating piece. Thank you Monika for sharing.


  • 5. imogen88  |  November 23, 2008 at 2:05 am

    Thanks for all these brilliant comments, ladies. I have heard good things about the movie, Lori. Hope to see it when it comes.

    Jill, sounds like all you are doing is right. I think the bees wanted a nice place to shelter, must be a good energy where you are. They are pretty fussy!

    Thalia, isn’t it just the most luscious bloom? You could almost eat it. A friend of mine said it looks like toasted marshmallow with coconut. MMM!

    Thanks, Vi, for sending the comment, posted it here. Glad you liked the article.

  • 6. jodhiay  |  December 4, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    I recommend Sue Hubbell’s books, too: A Country Year and A Book of Bees. I first read both her work and Rachel Carson’s in a college class.

  • 7. imogen88  |  December 4, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks, Joanne, I hadn’t heard of this author, but she sounds really good! 😉


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