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Dan Winters
April 2023 – June 2023
Hill Country Garden at Waterloo Park

With a sharp eye for the most minute details of honeybee anatomy, SEEING BEES features a series of large format images created using a scanning electron microscope. The exhibit allowed visitors to experience bees as they have rarely been seen before!

“These images magnify bees to an unprecedented level with every hair in focus, allowing for a view into the complexity of the honeybee first hand,” said Dan Winters, who started keeping his own hive at age nine. Known for his celebrity portraits, the award-winning photographer entered new territory when he began snapping these industrious insects using a field emissions scanning electron microscope. 

SEEING BEES was presented by Wild Spirit Wild Places, in partnership with Round Rock Honey and Waterloo Greenway. The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of H-E-B, and Guerlain. Together these organizations are committed to dedicating their resources and taking remarkable action to support conservation and increase public awareness and environmental stewardship. 

Native bees and honeybees are vital for the preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity in nature, and are responsible for the reproduction of almost 90% of the world’s flowering plants. In 2022, Wild Spirit Wild Places and Round Rock Honey helped pass resolutions in both Austin and Round Rock designating these cities as certified Bee City USA affiliates. SEEING BEES highlights the importance of connecting and building a community committed to protecting Texas wild lands and all of its creatures great and small, through conservation and education efforts.

“Wild Spirit Wild Places is proud to support this one-of-a-kind experience celebrating bees,” said Dr. Karen Looby, CEO of Wild Spirit Wild Places. “This exhibit provides an amazing look at the intricacies of our bees and provides insight on how they are uniquely equipped to support the health of our environment. With the help of the community, we look forward to ensuring that our pollinators across Texas are supported for generations to come.”