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essay 1:    ***   Flowers and Flight  ...  Blossoms and Bees   ***

 

essay 2:    ***   Honeybee Flight   ***

 

 

 

external links:

 

Short-amplitude high-frequency wing strokes determine the aerodynamics of honeybee flight   -   PNAS  -  2005

 

John J. Audubon's  Birds of America    -  unabridged, digital, hundreds of high-res prints

 

 

 

Flight of Bees

 

It's that they fly, you know  ...

 

As a metaphor for freedom,

stretching wings and lifting into air

is a powerful sign of what they do so easily

…  while for us, it is the stuff of dreams. 

 

Walking to the threshold, each bee launches herself

straight out and up

toward distant fields, gravity beaten in flight.

Returning foragers hover in mid-air,

waiting to land.

 

If they crawled out of the hive

and then scurried back

- ants instead of bees -

their honey might still be sweet,

but the magic would be gone.

They would then be us: 

a laboring multitude, proud of their work,

but trapped by circumstance

in a two dimensional world.

 

It's that they fly …

 

 

 

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