This lady — probably in Finland, ca. 1900 — must have been really devoted to her bee hives to keep them so close to her open windows.
The photo is via Gallen-Kallelan Museo Commons on flickr, photographer unknown.
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Deare behold me, you shall see
Faith the Hive, and love the Bee,
Which doe bring.
Gaine and sting.
— Lady Mary Wroth
“Alan Brebner with a cat,” ca. 1900, Spruce Grove, Alberta, by Robert McKay Brebner, via the Provincial Archives of Alberta Commons on flickr.
Wild on woodland ways your sires
Flashed like fires:
Fair as flame and fierce and fleet
As with wings on wingless feet. . .
— Algernon Charles Swinburne, from “To a Cat“