Bee Happy!

Bee Happy!

Did you know that honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.

According to Greenpeace USA, bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. Many of these causes are interrelated. The bottom line is that we know humans are largely responsible for the two most prominent causes: pesticides and habitat loss.

So what can we do?  Greenpeace says these three things can give us a strong start:

  1. Ban the seven most dangerous pesticides.
  2. Protect pollinator health by preserving wild habitat.
  3. Restore ecological agriculture.

Just a few thoughts buzzing through my head about saving the bees as I share this recent watercolor painting.

Bee Happy and have a great day!

Cheers & Hugs,
Jodi

48 thoughts on “Bee Happy!

  1. Very nice painting and post Jodi. I’ll Bee have here in Tampa this summer where Bees can be plentiul and avoid using pesticides so thy he Bees can do their wonderful things.

    Hope you have s wonderful day!

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  2. Bee-hold this bee-utiful watercolor! I LOVE this and hope that you will make it available for purchase! This is such an important environmental issue bee-cause our human actions and inactions the world over are causing decimation of the entire bee population. One of the things that arrives daily into my inbox is “What I Learned About Today” from ThoughtCo. and your post ties in perfectly with this mornings from them : 15 Fascinating Facts About Honey Bees. I was gifted with a now faded and often worn T-shirt because of my love of the little honey bee. Imprinted on the front are these words that are a beautiful accompaniment to your painting : “Advice from a Honey Bee : Create a buzz – Sip life’s sweet moments – Mind your own beeswax – Work together – Always find you way home – Stick close to your honey – Bee Yourself”. I had tried to find the author as it did not appear on the shirt, but was unable so must attribute it to unknown. I am so lucky to have Bee-Friended you! Thank-YOU!

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  3. “Namaste, My Jodi! It’s me, Benjamin! I love the bee and I love you! I can spell and print my name. I am going to name the bee ‘B-en-ja-min’, isn’t that funny? Bees make honey for us, right? Gem calls me honey lotsa times. I have a neckbuster hug and the biggest kiss ever for you. Bye! Oh, and thank you!”

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    • Benjamin! You sure surprised me!! 🙂 And I am so proud you have learned to spell and print your name! Wow!

      Yes – bees do make honey. Honey is so yummy and sweet? Do you like? I can my granddaughters “honey” sometimes too. It is because we think you are all so SWEET! Thank you so much for the neckbuster hug and biggest kiss ever! I send the same back to one of my favorite guys! Love ya “honey!” 🙂 ❤

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  4. I love your bee painting! And I agree that we need to help save our honey bees. They are so useful to the environment and (unlike yellow jackets, I don’t like them at all) they are quite harmless. Thanks for the tips!

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  5. Sorry to bother you again. I was truly hoping that I would find an answer to the question I posed in my first comment about the availability of prints of this watercolor. My propensity for loquacity at times, most times, causes many to become lost in the ramblings of my mind. Considering today’s fantabulous news on your post, I realize that I had better get a “Jodi” before they are gone! Thank-you!

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  6. Jodi: I was wondering if I could use this bee picture in a blog post I am writing. It is about how all human beings are connected to one another, much like the way species are connected to one another in an ecosystem. I use bees as an illustration. I would give you credit for this painting, of course, and direct people to your blog. Feel free to ignore this, if this is not convenient for you.

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  7. Ellen suggested that I seek out this post, and I am ever so glad I did! I love what I see, and am now following your blog. Thank you for helping make people aware of the importance of protecting our bee population!

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  8. I thought I might explain a comment left elsewhere this morning for you! Every morning when Benjamin arrives, he opens the door and calls : “Namaste Gem, it’s me Ben-ja-min!” He has pronounced each syllable of his name ever since he has known his own name. Until this morning, when he opened the door and called : “Namaste Gem, it’s me B-enjamin!” I said that I was expecting Ben-ja-min, who are you? He laughed and said : “I’m B-enjamin now cause I’m a honey, get it, a honey bee?” He told me that : “I fought it up myself, I used my brain.” I would say that “My Jodi” put that buzz in his brain with a certain watercolor! He is a honey indeed! Thank-you!

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    • OMG!!!! ☺️💕💕. Just when I think you two couldn’t be any sweeter… you bless me again! I do love you two! 😉. Someday I hope we can meet up and I can give you both neckbuster hugs for real!!! 🥰😇

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  9. Painting So cute, love the thought. Keep us all thinking & aware. Amazing little guys. Haven’t seen many this year. We have many bees or their cousins, (wasps, yellow jackets, & those big black ones with armour). but very few of this kind. Just wish I wasn’t alergic.

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