Bee Happy!

Beekeeper and Bee Happy art by Jen Norton

Beekeeper and Bee Happy art by Jen Norton

(reposted from April 1010) People often wonder whether “art imitates life”, but it was the other way around here at Jen Norton Art Studio. One of my illustrations is called “Bee Happy”, (a top seller in my Garden Charm™ line). The bees must have found out I was a fan because last week they decided to move to my house! If you haven’t yet experienced a bee migration first-hand, it’s quite a scene. And as fascinating as it is to watch, not entirely convenient when it happens near your front door! First a few bees hang around and check out the real estate. Then they call the queen to her throne. When she’s settled, she calls a few friends…like 10,000 of them and they swarm right in! In the end, we found a beekeeper who was able to do a live removal and give them a new home in an almond orchard. (In this photo, he’s removing a hive partition and showing me the queen bee.) My flowers look great this year, and I’ll miss my bees…but they had to go.

Should you ever need to remove bees (without killing them) near San Jose, CA , call “Smiling Bee Services‎” at 408-929-7983.

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4 Responses to Bee Happy!

  1. JoyNevada March 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    wow! That’s great!

  2. Lisa March 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    I love the photograph, the bee heart illustration, and the story too!

  3. Ann Marie March 3, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    I really like your fun “bee happy” artwork! Great colors and patterns. It was nice of you to take such good care of your visitors. Glad they are in a happy home. 🙂

  4. Hilary Porado November 8, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Unbeelievable! I enjoyed the story and the website.-Hilary