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This is one of a
series of paintings
by Robert Butler
that depict
turn-of-the-century scenes from twelve
of Florida's major
agricultural industries.
Beekeeping in the Pines
Florida traditionally is among the top three states in honey production, with the crop ranging from 16 million pounds to 25 million pounds in recent years. There are about 1,500 commercial beekeepers with 240,000 colonies in Florida, and another 5,000 hobby beekeepers with five or less backyard colonies.

All narratives accompanying the paintings were written by Robert Butler.
All rights reserved by the artist.

bullet.gif (943 bytes) Cracker Cowman
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Golden Grove
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Equine Splendor
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Farmers' Harvest
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Fern Garden
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Timber Shadows
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Shipping Cotton
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Ocean Farming
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Strawberry Patch
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Sugar Harvest
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Tomato Garden
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Beekeeping in the Pines
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Beekeeping in the Pines

At the mere verbalization of the word honey, our thoughts are slanted toward sweet memories. Honey -- and its purveyor, the bee -- has found a major place in our palate and culture. We praise it with song, cultivate it for sweet exploitation and study its maker, the bee, to understand the miracle of flight. All this buzzing about the bees business has led to the business of bee husbandry.

Though bee farming has been with us for ages, honeys spell upon man and beast drives them both to risk pain and peril just to sample what some have called the golden nectar of the gods. In an age of technology, the bee can still teach man science, enhance his art and inspire his culinary soul.

©Robert Butler 1999