Revelations from a Beek

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The Reveal

“You carry Mother Earth within you. 
She is not outside of you. 
Mother Earth is not just your environment. 
In that insight of inter-being, 
it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, 
which is the highest form of prayer.”
 - Thich Naht Hanh

"There is a language older by far and deeper than words. 
It is the language of bodies, of body on body, 
wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone. 
It is the language of dream, gesture, symbol, memory..."
 - derrick jensen  

"But, child of dust, the fragrant flowers,
The bright blue sky and velvet sod,
Were strange conductors to the bowers
Thy daring footsteps must have trod." 
- Emily Bronte

Purple Deadnettle growing wild at the base of two of my hives:  Ariadne and Stella.  This is a flower that Honey Bees like (it creates red pollen!), but my Honey Bees are not on it, as they tend to prefer large nectar and pollen sources and will often stick to a species; the woodland trees around here provide a much greater "patch" of pollen to collect from.  The Carpenter Bees however, are all over it.  I have, on the other hand, heard of beekeepers, whose bees live near large fields rather than forests, bringing in loads of Purple Deadnettle pollen, and I've seen this flower blanket acres of fallow field.  An enchantment either way...  (plus YOU can eat them!)

These two pictures show resiliency...  you can see where, when the flower bud was just beginning and was small (just the tip), they got burnt by the cold snap we got after the super warm spell a couple weeks ago.  The flower kept growing anyway, pushed the damage out of the way, and got on with it.  The heart of the flower was still protected and unharmed.  This is a Saucercup Magnolia; it is featured in the first image above.

"Someday, after mastering the winds, 
the waves, the tides and gravity, 
we shall harness for God the energies of love, 
and then, 
for a second time in the history of the world, 
man will have discovered fire."
 - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"Once you've seen it, you can't unsee it.
 And once you've seen it, 
 keeping quiet, saying nothing, 
becomes as political as speaking out."
- Arundhati Roy

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