The Hive at Kew

The Hive installation and experience at Kew Gardens, London.

“The Hive is a unique world class installation and experience created by artist Wolfgang Buttress, Simmonds Studio, Stage One and BDP. Pollination is important for our food security – one third of global crop yield is dependent, to some extent, on bees and other pollinators. In highlighting the importance of pollination in our food chain, The Hive poses one of the most pressing questions of our time – how can we protect our pollinators in order to feed our growing population? Illuminated by almost 1,000 LED lights, The Hive represents a vast honey bee hive. It’s linked to one of Kew’s hives and the lights flicker in time to vibrations caused when the bees communicate with one another. Wolfgang was inspired by work of Dr. Martin Benscik at Nottingham Trent University, who has developed technology to monitor the health of bee hives. His research is a prime example of how British science and creativity is helping solve global challenges.”

“What’s the buzz?

Experience four types of vibration caused by honey bees as they communicate inside a hive. Hear these bee “messages” through bone conduction where vibrations pass through bones in your head, instead of through your eardrums. The vibrations have been recorded using accelerometers by Dr. Martin Benscik, reader in physics in Nottingham Trent University.”

Accompanying the 17 metre high structure is a beautiful symphony of orchestral sounds performed in the key of C – the same key that bees buzz in. Together, the sound and light swell and diminish as the energy levels in Kew’s beehive surge.”

Quotes from on-site information noticeboards at The Hive in Kew Gardens

Natural Patterns at Cairns Botanic Gardens

It is cold today. I wanted to think of a time and place where it was much warmer. I thought back to the holiday I spent in Queensland, Australia, several years ago. It is a wet tropical region and the vegetation is luxurious in the Daintree Rainforest. We did explore the wild as best we could but there was nothing to beat visits to Cairns Botanic Gardens where we could enjoy the wonderful plants without so many of the attendant dangers. Here is a gallery of some of the amazing and beautiful natural plant patterns, colours and textures that I photographed among the vegetation in these fabulous gardens.

A June trip to Kew Gardens

Gallery

This gallery contains 32 photos.

Kew Gardens were as delightful as ever today, with a super abundance of brightly coloured flowers, many and varied flourishing plants, not to mention the burgeoning wildlife.

Chinese Garden in Montreal

Pavilion by the lake in the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

The Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal in Canada was inaugurated in 1991 and inspired by the magnificent private gardens of the Ming Dynasty (14th to 17th century) and is considered the largest of its kind outside of China.

Bonsai in the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Pebble patterned path in the Chinese garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Framed view of the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Cascade by the lake in the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Pebble patterned path in the Chinese garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Pavilion by the lake in the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Bonsai in the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Pavilion by the lake in the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Pavilion by the lake in the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Red-painted interior woodwork in a pavilion at the Chinese Garden in Montreal

Snail on a Hosta leaf in the Chinese Garden

Trellis-work at the window of a Chinese pavilion in Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Pink flowers in the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Pebble patterned path in the Chinese garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Hostas beneath the trees in the Chinese Garden in Montreal

Pavilion by the lake in the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Low relief stone sculpture of cranes

Sculptural rock at the Chinese Garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

Pebble patterned path in the Chinese garden at Jardin Botanique de Montreal

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