"It's a wooden statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the figure is actually whittled into the tree trunk. It was carved more than fifty years ago by Toby Avila, a parish member. Avila was on active duty in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict and vowed that if he returned safely, he would create an image of the Blessed Virgin to show his gratitude.
Using only a kitchen knife and a flashlight, Avila chipped away the tree trunk for a year before the statue was finished." Avila passed away as soon as the statue was completed.
I pulled out my equipment and drove the few blocks to old town to assess the situation. It looked like a hurricane blew through and there was a softball size of bees freezing to death on the ground.
The Virgin is carved beautifully into the heart of the tree trunk
My top bar hive sits in front of the wreckage. The bees are in a clump behind the hive.
|The virgin survived within the tree trunk|
The are in the inner chamber of my tupperwear, huddled in the far corner.
|I dumped the bees into the beehive|
|And closed it up|
|Home Sweet Home.|