Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sixth Photo in the Sixth Photo Folder? I Think Not

Just back from visiting Jeanie in Paradise's place. She had a meme with parameters about a 6th photo folder with the 6th picture and all that as the foundation for the meme challenge. (I wasn't challenged, which is good. Because the sixth photo folder on my hard drive (and ever so many others) aren't even mine! (My husband's, my daughter's and who knows what else's photos are there cluttering ('scuse me) giving me many folders of pics to choose from whenever I need fodder for blogging--to borrow my #2 daughter's phrasing.) And then that particular folder, the 6th, held only 4 photos. So, I had to think outside the folder--what picture would qualify if ever that kind of challenge came, with those specific parameters attached?

So, in one folder, as I browsed through the first maybe ten folders, this picture was found which is of interest--taken by my husband nearly 4 years ago. I offer it now for your viewing pleasure.

That, my friends, is one HUGE (as in mega) beehive hanging off a huge, red oak tree in my in-laws front yard. It's been estimated that the oak is at least 400 years old. Yeah. That's old. The beehive is external, which I find odd and fascinating. It was also about 40 to 60 feet above ground? We didn't actually measure. And it only lasted that one season. (Don't you know there had to be a massive swarm of bees who worked kajillions of bee-hours, I suppose, to create such a work.) It was so massive, the length might have been well over 6 feet. Don't you know it had some huge quantity of honey stored there? My husband asked around, but no beekeepers in the area owned a cherry picker, which would have been essential to harvest any honey from that particular hive. Nature. It sometimes baffles us, no?

This past weekend the neighbor across the road happened to mention this beehive as we visited for a few minutes, commenting again at how bizarre an occurrence it was.


jeanie said...

Wow - aren't bee hives in nature amazing?

I saw somewhere (mustn't have been on the internet because I couldn't find it) a guy whose beehive had been innundated.

Those waves of wax are just perfectly formed to catch the right wind for their existence - really makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Thanks for sharing, even if I didn't "tag" you - don't fear, I have another 3 memes to get through in the next little bit!

Amelia Ames said...

It is a beautiful work of natural art.

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

wow - that is amazing both the beehive and the tree... makes me want to sing tie a ribbon around the old oak tree

Pencil Writer said...

Trish, one of these days I think I'll get my dh to help me measure the girth of that huge tree. I don't know if we can even get that close to it, so much growns around it, vines and all. AND IF those vines are poison ivy, well, dh can't get close. He and his brother and at least two of my children are higly allergic to that nasty vine. We'll see!