Honeybee Canyon, Oro Valley, AZ.
Honeybees are alive and well in the wilds (and not-so-wild parts) of the Sonoran Desert. It's rare to find honeycomb in the desert, as rare for me today as it was for the ancient Amerindians whose petroglyphs adorn this waterway in our beautiful desert.
Honeybees have been creating their spectacular works of edible art since the beginning of time.
Those of you from agricultural areas will recognize the vertical combs in the photo above, but you're used to seeing them on wooden frames, hung inside wooden boxes, tended by keepers covered from head to toe in protective gear.
What surprised me about this particular honeybee colony is it's proximity to one of the most developed new areas in Tucson's northwest corridor. The bridge crosses the arroyo in the Oro Valley community of Honeybee Canyon Estates, just a 10 minute walk north of my photo location.
And one mile north of the bridge is this "picture rock" (below) with its faded petroglyphs. You can see an owl on the right side of the massive boulder.
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Can you find the honeycomb cave in the center photo of the collage?
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