This beautiful essay is not only a fascinating look at bees, but a consideration of how our virtual lives interweave with our reality. Celia Bell is a thoughtful guide, introducing us to a new hobby, that became a new life.

I watched them for a little longer. The swarm was like an organ of a living body—the bees inside moved together. I don’t know what made them leave the hive at this barren time of year, and the inspection I did the next day wouldn’t solve the mystery. But that day, at the golden hour, it was enough to watch without understanding. I got out my phone, took aim, and started filming.