Well, if you don’t speak French, no worries — read on! Recently, a Land Library friend from Quebec donated one of the most remarkable books on bees and beekeeping that we have ever seen. Eric Tourneret’s Le Peuple des Abeilles will always have an honored place on the Land Library’s shelves!
The text may be in French, but Tourneret’s photographs speak volumes. Many of the photos give such an upclose view of the bee’s world that you’d swear Tourneret strapped cameras to the backs of worker bees:
A steady stream of incoming bees, with pollen baskets full.
In some ways our personal inability to read the text liberated us to focus on the incredible patterns of another world:
Eric Tourneret also turns his lens on an equally fascinating creature: the beekeeper:
Le Peuple des Abeilles tells the tale of beekeepers employing both modern and traditional techniques. There are wonderful photo-essays on the capture of wild swarms, and the never-say-die efforts of urban beekeepers — including a few atop the Paris Opera House!
Eric Tourneret has seen a hidden world through his lens, and we’re happy he shared it:
If you don’t speak French, or if you someday hope to speak Bee, you’ll really enjoy this short clip!
Someday we hope a publisher issues an English translation of Le Peuple des Abeilles — but then again, we loved the visual odyssey we’ve been on, ever since Eric Tourneret’s classic book arrived from our generous friend in Quebec!
One of the first pieces the Land Library ever posted was on the great French entomologist, J. Henri Fabre. We have no doubt that he would have loved Le Peuple des Abeilles as much as we do:
and for more great books on Bees and Beekeeping, be sure to check our archive!