Friday, March 7, 2014

Fantastic pictures of Himalayan honey collection!

io9 is one of those websites I normally don't like at all.  If you spend any time on social media, you know who they are.  Basically, they take other people's content, slap on a sentence or two, and rebrand it hoping that their link will be the one that people spread.   Most of the time it's not even very good content.  Some reddit thread they've repurposed, some weak "lifehacking" trick, a glurge story to which they somehow beat Upworthy.

But today they got something really good. A photographer schlepped to Nepal to capture Gurung honey hunters.  Not only is the process of gathering the honey somewhat unusual and dangerous, some combination of the bee species and what it eats apparently makes this honey extra delicious and rumored without substantiation that I know of to have various healing properties.

At any rate, the photographs are pretty good, if a little extreme on the color saturation button, and you'd do well to spend some time looking at the whole series at Andrew Newey's site.  He took some other series on other trips; those are also worth a look.

As a bonus, here's another photographer's set of the same honey-gathering process, more focused on the gatherers than the gathering.  It's kind of interesting to see how two photographers approach the same unusual subject in different ways.

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