Tuesday, April 12, 2011

queen of the sun

21 Comments:

Blogger Paula said...

I've seen this posted elsewhere and I soooo want to see it. I just installed my first colony last Friday.

Woohoo! Bees!

April 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Great movie, we saw it this past weekend. Our bees will be here at the end of this month!!

April 12, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks AMAZING. I will have to watch it!!! I'm still doing reasearch on bees, but this is already a kick in the pants about it!!

-Autumn

April 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've very much been wanting to see this - it looks great. Perhaps I shall see if the local library would like to get a copy so I can borrow it from them.

April 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Very cool that you posted this, Jenna. I'm at the 2:07 mark. I probably should have told you that I work with bees. You know, when I'm not running a crazy radio show.
Rock it!
Zan

April 12, 2011 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

This looks fantastic! We just watched and are going to host a viewing of Vanishing Bees at our home. I can't wait to have my own hive!

April 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

I can't wait to see this movie. Keep in mind there is other pollinators out there to be watch over to. Such as butterflies, hummingbirds,bumble bees, mason bees, and squash bees. These are just a few.

April 12, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Part of me wants to keep bees, but I am so afraid of being stung.

April 12, 2011 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Getting stung is not so bad, Karen. It's just "Yowch!" and shock, but the physical pain subsides pretty quickly into throbbing. For me, the fun starts afterwards - swelling and itching that lasts a week or more - but everyone reacts differently and the aftermath is probably not what scares you anyway.

April 12, 2011 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I've been thinking about keeping bees, but I'm worried about attracting bears. I live on the edge of the Adirondack Park, which is bear territory. I also have hens, mini goats and mini sheep, and I have heard that a bear could pose a risk to the livestock. Any thoughts?

April 12, 2011 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for posting this clip. I just picked up my hive equipment today and the bees come next weekend. Yeah!

April 12, 2011 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Karen in 3+ years of keeping bees I have been stung four or five times. It's not bad, unless you are alergic, and not common with quiet bees like the honey bee. You could always have a mentor help you, or go to a local beekeeping meeting to learn more.

Diane, bears could come, but they could also come for goat grain, trash, smells from your grill, etc. Bees really aren't the force that pulls them in over anything else. I say go for it, just fence them.

April 12, 2011 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This gave me goosebumps! My first hive arrives in approx 6 weeks. Yay!

Have you read Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacbosen? A must read for anyone invested in this planet, not just beekeepers.

April 12, 2011 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I can't wait to see the movie. That was inspiring and making me think. . . . . . Thanks

April 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger jugtownjane said...

@Paula - So jealous! Mine won't arrive (actually, be picked up in Greenwich, not far from Jenna) until late May - I lost my first top-bar hive this winter, so I'm actually reluctantly thinking of feeding them much more this year...

April 12, 2011 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Man, I loved keeping bees. It is now illegal to keep bees where I live, because of the killer bees.

April 13, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got heart palpitations at the sight of the bee beard there at the end (I'm allergic to the point of anaphylactic shock and carry an epipen.) I've done a tiny bit of research and have learned so much about bees. It's not just the pesticides. We're also hurting them with man-made combs that are the wrong size, feeding them HFCS, so many horrible things.

April 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

It's a fantastic film! If you're interested in more of Gunther Hauk's work, google Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary. Just a wonderful man dedicating his life to this important animal. Fingers crossed that we get the house we are bidding on, then hives are no more than a year away!

April 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Manzanita Farms said...

Goose bumps for sure.

April 13, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Sewing Machine Girl said...

this is why I have bees. They picked me. I am enchanted.

April 14, 2011 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yes, what a great documentary for previewing an issue that is not well understood but is becoming a household concern. It is wonderful to see the love for these beautiful creatures from so many different cultures and walks-of-life. Although Queen of the Sun awakens the desire to help (albeit some might say fight for) vitally important honeybees, its penchant towards Spikenard Farm and Gunther Hauk as the key savior is unsettling. I have worked for Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary and am a student of Gunther Hauk's but his way is as Thomas Aquinas states, "beware the man of one book." After 7+ years of experiencing bees from the way of an excited but precarious young hobbyist, a bustling but conscious semi-professional sideliner, and a zealous but narrow-minded bee educator, I have stumbled to find that there is not an absolute path to resolve the honeybees from disappearing. We will need to take "baby steps" to save the bees, earth, and ourselves.

April 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM  

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