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The Keeping of Bees

Pamela Phelps

Phillipsport, United States

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“There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.”
~Thoreau, Henry David

“Veiled in this fragile filigree of wax is the essence of sunshine, golden and limpid, tasting of grassy meadows, mountain wildflowers, lavishly blooming orange trees, or scrubby desert weeds. Honey, even more than wine, is a reflection of place. If the process of grape to glass is alchemy, then the trail from blossom to bottle is one of reflection. The nectar collected by the bee is the spirit and sap of the plant, its sweetest juice. Honey is the flower transmuted, its scent and beauty transformed into aroma and taste.”
~Stephanie Rosenbaum

Composed in Photoshop using filters, layers, blending modes, textures and effects. Slight hand coloring has been applied.

Original image ia a vintage etching by Bruegle, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, public domain images.

Swarms of bees courtesy of MaureenOlder
Textures courtesy of Lenabem-Anna and Shadowhouse

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