So about a week and a half ago, I got to have a life-changing experience.
It’s quite a story.
I happened to be in the right place at the right time and saved a swarm of honey bees from a possible death.
That sounds like the beginning of some sort of magical fictional fairytale, but for real, it happened!
Here are my bees (or so I like to call them):
Pretty crazy, huh?
I was walking along at one of my favorite spots in my area of Iowa, and I suddenly heard a great buzzing coming from aways away. I turned the corner and saw bees circling the area, and in the background I could see what I thought was a hive hanging from the tree.
Fascinated, I decided to come back the next day when it was colder. I was surprised to see the bees were not abuzz, but they were instead in a huddle like you can see in the photo above, barely moving. (Which is how I gathered the courage to get that close for a photo.)
After a lot of helpful hints from people far and wide after I posted this photo on Facebook, I realized this was not a hive – it was a swarm. These bees were trying to protect their queen while looking for a new home. Apparently their last hive grew too small for the population, so they had to ditch.
This is all fine and well, but it was too cold for them to do anything but huddle, and a frost was about to move through this part of Iowa… Which could possibly mean no more bees….
Luckily, in the nick of time, I met a wonderful and passionate beekeeper who gave the bees a home literally hours before the overnight freeze. They have been doing fabulously in their new dwelling since.
It’s interesting how being in the right place at the right time can change your outlook on everything you’re doing in life.
Just a couple days before this happened, I had finally made the decision to start listening to my heart again and to follow a dream, even if I don’t know exactly where it may go or what the outcome may be. I decided to work my way into the world of photography and because of a random decision for an innocent nature walk to take photos of the spring wildflowers, I ended up helping save a group of honey bees.
Listen to the universe. When you’re ready and willing, it does have answers.
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