Photographer Jeffrey Walcott shares his experience shooting with beekeepers in Kenya.
Just because you’re wearing a bee suit doesn’t mean you’re not going to get stung. This is the first fact that all people venturing into beekeeping should know. I wasn’t so lucky. My realization that bees still penetrate the suit came with my first sting, a relatively alarming occurrence when you’re embedded with a team of beekeepers performing maintenance on aggressive hives in the rural hills of Kenya in the pitch dark of night.
“Um, guys,” my shaky voice warbled, thinking the hundreds of bees swarming the outside of my face mask were suddenly about to swarm the inside of my face mask, “I’m getting stung.”
Daniel, the senior beekeeper in this outfit looked up at me and said, “It’s fine. I’ve already been stung about ten times.” And then he went back to work brushing down the interiors of the hives he was tending. His calm demeanor didn’t reassure me especially as I could feel the now harmless bee, his stinger embedded in my arm, still crawling around my sleeve.
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