"I forget what I hear, I remember what I see, I understand what I touch."
- Chinese Proverb or Confucius
Teach me something and you'll quickly discover I have to dig in and do it -- hands on. I can't learn without getting fully engaged. With my bees, it's no different.
I like getting close enough to the bees to feel the breeze from their wings. It's a unique sensation to feel the air from such a tiny, yet powerful fan. It's especially easy to do when approaching the fanning bees near the hive entrance.
Another thing I like is getting a tired bee to rest on me. It's when they'll adjust the pollen on their legs after a long flight. Or when they just stretch and catch their breath. Not all bees will let me pick them up, but there are some that always will, and I feel honored by their trust.
If you're wondering if I'm afraid of getting stung, the answer is no. Not one bit. I believe bees are very sensitive to human energy. Animals in general are sensitive like that. Bees and humans have had a relationship for thousands of years, so it really shouldn't be surprising that bees have learned how to read people. I'm a daily visitor and I'm not messing with their hive, so they welcome me. The longer we're together, the stronger this connection will become.