Our son, daughter-in-law and grand dog just moved to Minneapolis. They are very adventuresome and planned a car trip with/for us to the boundary waters of their new state to hike and canoe. My daughter-in-law Alex is very supportive and helpful with my art, especially as it relates to the environment. She is the project manager at nRhythm and works closely with the Organic Consumers Association, Regeneration Canada, Regeneration International, and the Savory Institute, to name a few. Also, Griffin recently completed his MBA and is continuing his environmental work through industry. They have both been to several climate change meetings and know their way around that world. I knew Alex would be excited to help draw (or in this case stitch) attention to the plight of the bee and the impact glyphosate is making on the bees' intestinal flora.
Once we landed in Minneapolis we had a 4-hour-plus drive to our cabin. I suggested to Alex we have a driving sewing bee. She was all in. This time I supplied Madewell lined linen caps.
Above: Alex is stitching away with me as my son and husband caught up in the drive to the Boundary Waters. We discussed the Rusty Patch bumble bee, which is now on the endangered list, being one of the most important pollinators of the Northeast and northern Midwest US.
my cap - bee eyes, head and tongue
Above- I am adding the bee thorax. This is the section the bee the wings and legs are anchored on.
The best pollinators are extremely fuzzy. I want my bee to be an excellent pollinator so I am layering lots of randomly placed stitches in black and several different yellows.
Above- More layers - it appears my thorax is too big for my head and eyes. I will fix that later.
Below is some bee information we stumbled on at The End of The Trail Nature Museum .
Here I am working on the wings and tiny legs. Stitching in a car on a curvy bumpy road is sketchy.
I have decided I want this bee to be the Rusty Patch bumble bee so I am adding a bit of orange/rust on the back of its abdomen.
Alex’s bee was looking great I am hoping she will post a picture when she finishes.
Below are some images from the rest of the trip.
Griffin, Alex and Grito canoeing at Clearwater lake.
The four of us after climbing to the top of the cliff across the lake from our cabin.
Alex, Grito and Griffin Klement
My soul mate checking out Clearwater lake.
A river stop to test the possibility of one more fishing opportunity on our drive back.
Above- strawberry plant
I would like to come back when the wild strawberry plants have fruit. Strawberries are self pollinating, their flowers are hermaphroditic. Each strawberry flower contains the male and the female pistil. That said without pollinators they produce 50% less fruit than with pollinators. strawberries need bees too.
Above- wild onions
Honey bees and bumble bees both visit onion blooms.
and of course we made S’more memories. The trip would have been perfect if our daughter could have joined us.