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a million flowers.

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“bees do have a smell, you know,

and if they don’t they should,

for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” 

-ray bradbury – dandelion wine

 

 

summer 2018, ann arbor

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food of the soul.

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at my daughter’s house

getting ready to take the boys to a movie

 i opened the freezer and looked for

something healthy and quick to eat before leaving

i chose what appeared to be

some quinoa/whole oats/ancient grains kind of thing

took off the top and heated it up

when i took my first bite i soon realized

there had been a mistake

on my part

it had a taste and texture that really didn’t register

as anything i had ever eaten before

 vaguely familiar, but not so much

far from an ancient grain

and it did not taste good

though perhaps was healthy

 i looked back again at the top

this time really looking

and saw that it was lightly labeled ‘bee wax’

no doubt from their hives in the backyard

ah, that.

“and what, socrates, is the food of the soul?

surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”

-plato

bombs for bees.

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the bees could really use some help. in the last 10 years, a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder (ccd) has killed off huge numbers of honeybees around the world. it’s normal for beekeepers to lose 10–15 percent of their hives each winter, but beginning in 2006, beekeepers started reporting losses of 30–90 percent. scientists believe ccd may be caused by a combination of pesticides, parasites, and a decline in wildflowers as more and more land is developed.

this is where seedles come in. each “bomb” contains wildflower seeds packed in compost and brightly colored clay. “planting” them is easy: you just throw them on the ground and wait for the rain, sun, and soil to do their work. the candy-colored seed bombs “practically grow themselves,” says the company’s website.
there are six varieties, one for each region of the country, so bee lovers can be sure to plant native flowers that will thrive in their area.

seedles are the brainchild of ei ei khin and chris burley, a couple who initially hoped they could get people to plant a million flowers. they surpassed that number in 2014. in an email to mental_floss, burley (now the company’s “pollinator-in-chief”) said they’ve since set their sights higher: a billion flowers for the bees.
they are especially concerned about the interdependence between honeybees and our food supply. of 100 major american crops, 70 are pollinated by bees; without them, we might not have apples, almonds, carrots, or avocados. to encourage interest and awareness in the plight of the bees, seedles partners with local food companies to give out free seed bombs. because they’re pretty, simple, nontoxic, and foolproof, the seed bombs make great educational tools.

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credits: seedles, mentalfloss, kathy horowitz

enchanted.

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bee whisperer’s mom,

my daughter,

on our late summer walk

by the river.

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bee whisperer,

my grandson/ her son,

on our early summer trip

by the lake.

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genetics, gentle compassion, curiosity and nature at play.

“it is in our genes to understand the universe if we can,

to keep trying even if we cannot,

and to be enchanted by the act of learning all the way.”

― lewis thomas

the bee whisperer.

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f visits the garden

by the lake

kneels down

to talk to the bumblebees

 to see them up close

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then befriends them

as they

learn more about each other

full of calm and peace

without fear

and after they make

a short visit to his place

gently

puts them back

where he found them

and says

goodbye for now.

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the garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.

Michael Pollan