Beekeeping Beginnings

IMG_0387So, I’m doing this beekeeping apprentice thing this summer, where I have my own hives and have a mentor who helps me not kill all of the bees right away.  I ordered my bees the other day, and am getting super stoked to get my hive all set up and put the bees in it!  This is a photo from a day last summer when I was invited to watch the beekeepers at work on Lois and Doug’s farm.  I’ve wanted to keep bees for a while, but this day solidified it for me.  This photo was taken mere moments before a curious bee got ensnared in my hair, panicked, and stung me, inspiring a dozen other bees to do the same.  But I was not deterred! Love hurts, right?

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Meadowhawk

Meadowhawk
Meadowhawk

This is a graphite drawing of a meadowhawk, a dragonfly that Pete photographed while we were looking for Novokov’s blue butterflies last summer at the famous McNair site.  We didn’t find that particular butterfly, but there were so many other cool bugs to see, it was more than worth it to make the 45 minute trek out of Duluth.

Ladybug

Ladybug
Ladybug

This is another of my early drawings.  I was trying to bring some sense of place into the drawings, so I added the ladybug’s shadow.  But my favorite thing about this one is actually the leg positioning-it shows the ‘tripod gaite,’ the pattern of walking with three legs on ground at a time, one on one side and two on the other.

Pollen Carrier

Honeybee with a heavy pollen load
Honeybee with a heavy pollen load

I drew this one to submit for the Oregon Master Beekeeping scholarship.  Submissions were supposed to illustrate visually the role that honeybees play in maintaining a healthy environment.  Honeybees, of course, play a critical part in pollination by carrying pollen from one plant to another.  And guess what?!? I won.  But I won’t tell you how many submissions there were….;)