Thursday, August 25, 2011
When I first got the bees I thought I would observe how they relate to the larger environmental issue of colony collapse syndrome: a worldwide phenomena of disappearing hives. I knew it was related to the effects of pesticides, mono agriculture, climate changes and disease. I knew bees were critical for the pollination of our food and generally indicative of the health of the planet. What I wasn't prepared for was the profound effect studying the life in the hives would have on me. Watching how they worked together, almost as a single mind, with such order and purpose, was mesmerizing and emotional for me. Somehow, I felt they had the secret to how we all should live and relate to our surroundings. This is why I named the piece nousbee. Any of you had a similar experience?