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The Spirit of the Beehive

written by on 09/12/11

Honeybees are quite the catch. At least that’s what we learned from watching Queen of the Sun, screened at tonight’s Cinema East event. To start, they work hard, show great humility, produce sweet nectar, communicate by dancing, and love their mother. No wonder there’s a myriad of bee enthusiasts, entomologists & food economists that are in a complete state of disarray over their demise. Communities from all around the world are working to rectify this dire situation. So what can you do to revive their spirit? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Buy local, raw honey.
2. Take a beekeeping class or join a meetup group.
3. Bees are thirsty (and I bet they’re quite parched in this Texas heat) so put a small basin of water outside of your home.
4. Buy local, organic food. If you’re in Austin, the HOPE Farmer’s Market is a great place to buy local produce.

To become more educated about the brilliance of bees, the reasons for their death, and what you can do to help, read more about the Queen of the Sun film here.

Another film to check out is called El Espritu de la Colmena by Spanish director Victor Erice. The film is rich with stunning imagery and narration that provides a thoughtful glance at these amazing creatures:

 “Someone to whom I most recently showed my glass beehive, with its movement like the main gear of a clock – someone who saw the constant agitation of the honeycomb, the mysterious, maddened commotion of the nurse bees over the nests, the invading spirals of the queen, the endlessly varied and repetitive labors of the swarm, the relentless yet ineffectual toil, the fevered comings and goings, the call to sleep, always ignored, undermining the next days work, the final repose of death far from a place that tolerates neither sickness nor tombs – someone who observed these things, after the initial astonishment had passed, quickly looked away with an expression of indescribable sadness and horror”

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