Bee Card with Pink Milkweed – Communion of Bees

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Pink honeybee mandala card printed 5.25″ by 5.25″ for giving, framing, and meditation. Perfect for the gardener, farmer, or beekeeper. Includes envelope and free shipping. If you’ll be mailing your card to someone and would like me to add the correct USPS first class stamp to the envelope, please choose that option from the menu. An additional charge will apply.

Bee card with pink milkweed flowers is digitally printed using archival pigment inks on silky, bright white, acid-free paper. Folded card is 5.25" by 5.25" and comes with a beautifully made, bright white envelope. The photograph I used to create the honeybee mandala is printed on the back of the card with the photo location. Interior of the card is blank and the paper is super smooth, not slick, and takes gel, ballpoint, and other inks well. Perfect as an everyday note, thinking of you, or birthday card for a beekeeper, gardener, entomologist, or someone interested in native plants and pollinators. The card and envelope are packaged together in a plastic sleeve and mailed in a stiffened mailer.

Framing. This bee card is created using high-quality materials, such as might be used in a museum. The print is sharp, bright, and frameable. To protect the vibrancy of the artwork, I frame using UV glass or acrylic, and I recommend it. If you use plain glass or acrylic, make sure you hang this sweet, little piece and all your beautiful art away from direct sunlight.

Postage. Because irregularly shaped mail, like this square bee card, must be canceled by hand, the U.S. Postal Service requires extra postage to deliver them. Special "butterfly stamps" carry the exact right postage to mail your bee card within the U.S. If you would like me to stamp the envelope with a butterfly stamp so it's ready for you to mail, please choose that option from the menu.

About the Art. The mandala art on this bee card, titled Communion of Bees, began as a photograph of a honeybee on milkweed blooms taken in the West Virginia Botanic Garden near Morgantown, West Virginia. The finished mandala has an almost frilly Victorian feel, but the bees are by no means sitting in the parlor sipping tea; in fact, they're constantly on the move, moving from flower to flower as they gather nectar and pollen for the making of honey. Although, surprisingly, maybe not as important to pollination as our native pollinators, honeybees do their part, moving pollen from flower to flower to ensure the production of seeds with diverse traits. This mandala is intended as a celebration of the honeybee, but also as a reminder of the tenuous plight of pollinators in the United States, caused in large part by the nation’s use of insecticides and other agricultural chemicals. Awareness is the first step toward being part of the solution.

Additional information

Weight 0.0375 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × .05 in
Stamp the envelope?

No, Yes

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Linda Gribko is an avid gardener, naturalist, author, artist, and photographer living just outside Morgantown, West Virginia, on a one-acre property she calls Yellow Bird's Rest. She's been gardening since the age of three, when she was put to work plucking rocks from the family vegetable patch, and was gifted her first growlight set-up at the age of eight. Linda is best known for her wildflower photography and the digital mandala art she creates from her nature photos, but is also a mixed media artist and published author. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016 and was followed up with "The Lion's Apprentice" in June 2020. The series follows the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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