Saturday, July 2, 2011

Day #263 Crazy Weather

Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder,
Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never
Remember to have heard; man's nature cannot carry
The affliction nor the fear … from Shakespeare's Tragedy of King Lear

Shakespeare wrote these words for the Earl of Kent. We wonder the same thing, though, don't we?

One of my favorite science writers, Dauna Coulter, whom I’ve mentioned before in this blog, started a recent NASA Science News article by quoting these lines from King Lear.

Then, she underpinned that classy start with an astonishingly clear explanation of why we have such crazy weather patterns going on. It’s all about LA NADA.

So, what does this have to do with bees?

They have to put up with the weather even more than we humans do. They don’t have air conditioning or umbrellas or tornado shelters. Despite that, they don’t complain about the weather.

I’ll take that back. Any backyard beekeeper can attest to the fact that bees get grumpy when the wind comes up on a cloudy day.

And who knows what they’re conveying to each other when they’re all stuck in the hive on a tempest-tossed day full of such groans of roaring wind and rain? Maybe that’s where Shakespeare got his inspiration.

BEEattitude for Day # 263:
       Blessed are those who write well, for their writings shall be loved, and shall give them a special kind of immortality .

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