judith.ridge at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 23:58:40 EDT 2009
2009/4/24 Mark Allums <mark at allums.com>
> No, I wasn't wearing any gear. Honeybees are pretty laid back, and you
> have to actually be robbing the hive or otherwise a threat to them before
> they are likely to sting or attack. When they swarm (to form a new
> colony/hive) they load up on honey, and this makes for mellow bees.
> More description: Uh, A little like static on the TV screen when the
> station has gone off the air. A little like a tornado, except less whirling
> and more random trajectories. Uh, a bit like too much coffee, and
> everything is dizzy and jittery. Except, not in an unpleasant way. Being
> in the center of an event.
> It starts with a few bees. They start exiting the hive. At first, only a
> few. Then more. They seem to be hunting, searching, but not
> systematically. The cloud is small. A beach ball. Then, a shrubbery.
> Then an elephant. Then, the size of a large room. Eventually, a consensus
> is reached. They agree to alight on an object. A sapling, or tree limb.
> Some beekeepers you may have seen, with "bee beards". They may stay nearby
> if they find a sheltering place, or the may take off in search of some new
> territory. And then, the swarm dwindles, and dissipates.
> Feelings: Pregnacy (expectation), apprehension, wonder, joy, slight fear
> (of being the "tree limb" they choose to alight on).
> MArk Allums
I'm with Minnow. This is a smashing bit of writing, although I confess when
you mentioned the shrubbery, I have expected some Pythonesque Knights to
make a guest appearance...
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