mark at allums.com
Fri Apr 24 01:02:52 EDT 2009
Judith Ridge wrote:
> 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...
I confess, that image did enter my head. I was looking for something
smaller than a Welch pony, but larger than a breadbox. I started to say
"bush". Then, "shrub". And finally, I hit upon "shrubbery". It seemed
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