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7) A Day of a Honey Collector


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Spring and autumn is the honey collection season for Nepalese.  Nepalese have a hard task collecting honey as the comb it’s often bedded at the cliff.  The honey collectors risk their life in the deep forest at the Himalayan region for this daily task.  For fear of bee stink, they dangle themselves in mid air risking their life daily to exchange their 3 meals.

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Collectors make use of smokes and noises to chase the bees away from their comb.

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The giant Himalayan wild bees built their nest on the cliff a few hundreds meter above ground.

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Collectors make use of the self-made rope, and use a simple gear like a wooden stick to plug the comb down.  This is the time the bees started their attack to protect their boundary.  But the experienced collectors would stay calm and steady not to agitate the bees further.

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This is life in exchange, for a daily meal.

Author: Sydney Fong

Hi, I am Sydney, a Singaporean. Making a living as an Architectural Illustrator, 3d product designer and visionary. My blog entails categories of my interest, joy, upheaval of life and its destiny. Every post has its own characteristic. It conveys a story of its own, and the life of its owner.

37 thoughts on “7) A Day of a Honey Collector

  1. My word. That is one scary job. Makes one feel all the more blessed with what we have.

  2. …….Cool images………it’s what they do…..thank you.

  3. Wow, very interesting story – speaks loudly as to what people will and have to do for work.

  4. How interesting and what brave collectors.

  5. impressive

  6. Nice thoughts about cherishing our jobs. It’s Thanksgiving here in the states, which is harvest time so this post is appropriate on many levels. Happy Thanksgiving Sydney!

  7. Wow! I read about it once,tough job!

  8. this is really a heart-touched sharing…as I look at those worn-off faces…their determination and willingness…I must say…they are really the hero of their own family and people…
    a father to family…
    a brother and son…risking their life…

    how life has been so kind to us..and I should say again and again..thanked God we are blessed.

    thank you Sydney,,,this is a very eye and heart opening posting…I learned something here :)

    #love to see the pictures though…

    • thanks, this is the spirit of Add grain on earth, I am glad you like it ! after reading the article, I thought I should share this with the world, but never expect you guys love it so much. Thanks once more!

  9. Wow! What a hard job to have, they must be very determined! Makes me feel more blessed of what I’ve got!

  10. That looks like a very dangerous and scary job.

  11. Truly courageous and remarkable. “Bravery never goes out of fashion. “ William Makepeace Thackeray

  12. Great post. Very interesting and educational to me. Thanks for sharing a,

  13. Fantastic blog… and I agree, as I tell my children, “a job is better than NO job so try not to complain”. This is beautifully written and explained with great pictures!

  14. Wow interesting , this looks so dangerous and scary, wha tthey do for honey! Bet it is very tasty honey!

  15. Makes us realize how safe and simple our jobs are… Thanks for sharing. :)

  16. HI, I am thrilled to have found your blog. This makes getting honey from my grandpa’s hives look like a walk in the park . Thanks for sharing, reading my blog, and for being the most polite person. :)
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  17. great images. i learned something new :). thanks for sharing.

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