One of the most amazing things is that the Bashkir have been harvesting wild hive honey for hundreds of years. They've actually preserved the technique and are teaching it to others.
Another amazing thing is that the bees are different from most normal honey bees as well. They are an endangered, dark European honey bee, called Burzyan wild-hive bees, found in the protected State Nature Biosphere Reserve “Shulgan-Tash”, the regional nature reserve “Altyn Solok”, and the National Park “Bashkortostan”.
Because the wild hive honey is primarily made from the linden tree, I chose Linden as the twenty first leaf in my world tree series.
Seven linden flowers represent spiritual awakening and the collective consciousness. The rainbow background symbolizes the bridge to the world tree, as part of my world tree series, to show that we are ALL leaves on the same world tree.
"Leaves on the World Tree: Bashkir Linden"
by Janin Wise
3" x 3" acrylic on mini canvas