Bees are not easy to photograph – they move around so much.
So I was delighted to finally photograph one that stayed still long enough, at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, a couple of years ago.
The Eden Project is a fantastic, futuristic set of ‘biodomes’ with plants from all over the world. It used to be a disused clay china pit, of which there are many in Cornwall.
I was gobbsmacked by the size and ambition of the place – they aim to be educational about how and where our food comes from and also are at the cutting edge of developing sustainable technologies around food. Both water and electricity are collected or made on the site. The food in the public restaurant is all grown on site – the aim is not to have to go ‘outside’ for anything. The small vehicles and train that moves visitors around are all powered by their own vegetable oil ‘biodiesel’.
Two of the biodomes have different environments created inside them – tropical and mediterranean, with food plants from those parts of the world. Other biomes house activities for the public and the behind-the-scenes workings.
The grounds – which are enormous – grow rows and rows of temperate-region plants from all over the world, and there’s a special section for native Cornwall plants.
I felt an uncharacteristic optimism about the future in this place. Long may the Eden Project prosper!