While cleaning out the attic today I came across a big stack of National Geographics. I was browsing through some of them and noticed this FPP was covered in 1988
, and this FPP was covered in 1989.
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Most of the pictures on Eric's site were included in the full article, one of them is on the cover. It was really cool to compare the high-quality internet versions of the '88 prints and read the accompanying story. Interestingly, nothing was mentioned about the sought-after intoxicating effects of the grayanotoxin
in the honey. In fact, the article claimed that the hunters tested for tainted honey and discarded it, and it also had a bit about careless villagers being found dead from eating untested honey.
When I read the original FPP I didn't get the sense that the photos were that age, so it was particularly touching to read that the main subject was retiring from his lifelong job of collecting honey that very season, None of his sons were interested in learning the craft, and he suspected the art would be lost.