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Using the Bee as a Symbol

What is the story behind using the bee as my icon?  I enjoy adding insects to my flower images such as dragon flies or beetles and I am especially inspired by the story of the bee.  Check out other images from my garden series.

Ted Andrews notes in his book Animal Speaks“Bees have been mythical symbols through out the world……Bees are also long-time symbols for accomplishing the impossible.  For many years, scientists were unable to determine how bees were able to fly.  Aerodynamically, the body is too large for the wings.”

French Paris Vintage Inspired NAPOLEON BEE Throw Pillow

The eagle and the bee were both symbols for the Napoleon Empire.  You can find the bee used in textile patterns during this period.   “The Bee – Symbol of immortality and resurrection, the bee was chosen so as to link the new dynasty to the very origins of France. Golden bees (in fact, cicadas) were discovered in 1653 in Tournai in the tomb of Childeric I, founder in 457 of the Merovingian dynasty and father of Clovis. They were considered as the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France.”  Napoleon.org

Bees have a long history in our world. Here is a fossil of a “giant honey bee” found in Iki Island, Japan. KU Entomologist Michael Engel interpreted the fossil as being over 19 million years old.

I like seeing the bee on my blog page as I navigate through this technical world.  I am challenged and easily confused with this process. I often forget the correct order of steps or passwords or what a word mean or how to get from one screen to the next. It feels like my brain is not set up to use technology.   I want to be communicating in the blog world and yet it takes an effort for me to do it.  So just like the bee that can fly without an aerodynamic body shape, I can continue to learn new technology with all of it’s challenges.

1 Comment

  1. tut deng says:

    very excellent drawing

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