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Homes of bees are enclosed and secure structures that cling to trees. Human beings learn such wisdom and build our homes. However, there have been reports of bees disappearing. The reasons of their disappearance are varied. Without bees, it would be an ecosystem tragedy. The impact could be extensive. There will be no more honey for us to eat. Moreover, ecological disasters have devastating effect on wildlife. Unfortunately, human beings have not found a way to resolve the problem. For a long time, I have been concerned about these lovely insects. Let us pray for bees and protect their hives. Hope they will find their way home!

A news report from South Carolina said that local residents sprayed pesticides to ward off Zika. However, they accidentally ended up killing 2.5 million honeybees. The beekeeper cried her heart out when she saw the ground covered in bees and the empty beehives. It is a current environmental tragedy. Wild bees might be sacrificed due to Zika prevention. There might be other ecological issues happening in different parts of the world at the same time. Bees are only one species of millions which suffer from ecological catastrophes.

I spent a lot of time creating the beehive. I sewed it very carefully. Every stitch is a prayer. I create it for our Mother Earth’s ecosystem! Best wishes to Viewpoints 9 members. Thank you, Martha, for the challenge.

Materials: self-dyed fabrics, commercial cottons, woven fabrics, embroidery floss

Techniques: image transfer, hand pieced, hand appliqué, hand quilted, hand embroidered

Size: 18” x 36”

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