Kris and Tim Fitzpatrick are being inspected by the bees (see them at Kris’ knees) at the beehives behind their house in rural Vernon County, WI. Photograph by Nancy Camden.
In early October, I knocked on the door of a hobby beekeeper in rural southwestern Wisconsin’s Vernon County. Their neighbor had pointed it out as a story for Spotting Wisconsin. Tim Fitzpatrick and his wife, Kris, led me down the hill behind the house to the honey bee hives where in the summer an estimated 600,000 bees work to maintain the colonies. What happens when the days shorten and the plants stop producing nectar? Why do the Fitzpatrick’s keep bees?
In starkly contrasting audio environments, two men at opposite sides of the state are spotted hauling ‘cargo.’ The out-of-the-ordinary visuals spark conversation to learn, “there’s ways” . . . to be friendlier to the earth. Meet Pastor Steve Minnema from La Cross, Wisconsin and Lindsay Dahl from Milwaukee. Minnema’s photograph is in the very first episode of Spotting Wisconsin. Scroll down to see that. Listen to this story below. Theme music by Conner Going.