Twenty-seven pinwheels now stand at the base of the plywood platforms that once
held two thriving hives of honeybees at the Hayes Valley Farm.
Each wheel represents roughly 7,500 European honeybees killed in one of San
Francisco’s largest massacres of insects.
With a slight breeze in the chilly air and the fog slowly rolling into Hayes Valley late Sunday afternoon, volunteer Angela Goebel carefully placed some of the pinwheels in the ground. She said the pinwheel represents fluidity and constant movement.
“It’s something I’d been thinking about doing for a while,” the 23-year-old Richmond district resident said. “I was shocked and saddened that someone would do this.”
During an informal ceremony, volunteers gathered to share their thoughts
on the killing of nearly 200,000 honeybees with household pesticides. Some were
outraged by the act and others promised to learn from it.
Brett McGuire, 47, a volunteer and member of the research-and-education team, said the pinwheel is representative of the bees in that the insect sees in ultraviolet rays. He said oftentimes the bee cannot find its way to the center of a flower. The
flower, though, appears as a pinwheel shape in its eye and it’s naturally led
As the pinwheels spun in the wind, Patricia Algara, 34, created a burning mixture of grasses, sage, juniper and honey from her own beehives as a way to clear the area of negative energy and prepare for the arrival of new hives.
“It creates a safe place for the bees,” Algara said.
I bet she has no kids.
Just like they create a safe place for whatever group-of-the-day, and that group-of-the-day is always an anti-Western group: illegal aliens, Jihadis, homosexuals, etc. A civilization was build on reason and faith and now we are back to worshiping insects and making the world safe for mindless animals or enemies of the civilization.