Celebrating World Bee Day with Excio member Chris Moeller

Christine, can you introduce yourself to us and tell us about your journey with photography?

I'm a 42 year old mum of 6. I born in Taranaki and now live in the beautiful South Island.

I have always enjoyed throwing any camera handy in my bag when heading out, probably as early as a teen thinking back. Photography became more of a passion in 2008 when I experienced a period of being unwell mentally, needing to learn to stop, relax, and look closer at "life". It was a great way to slow down while doing a self care activity that I enjoyed.

Photography and Bees have been a really good blend for me for the mental and physical wellness. Working outdoors and enjoying every season, feeling the wind against your face while the crops change colour and the cattle do their cycles, being out in the field beekeeping gives me that view not a huge amount of people see. Every day all this inspires me, if I'm feeling stressed I go and sit next to my home hives, I listen to the hum, watch them come and go and its very grounding.

By Christine Moeller

So where did your passion for bees come in?

In 2011 I made a move, exchanging 11 years in Auckland for a slower pace of life in the Waikato. While there I met a beekeeper who I worked alongside, working for free to gain experience. When I left due to another volunteer wanting experience I missed the bees so I started keeping my own.