Old School Film Hack



I stumbled across these poor creatures during one of my noontime walks last week.  The nest had dropped from the nearby tree — perhaps from one of our recent storms — and broken on impact.  If you look closely, there are a bunch of very-much-alive wasps down at the very bottom of the nest, so you’ll have to forgive me for not having gotten closer for a more creative image.  For a sense of scale, the nest was about 18+ inches from tip to tip.

10 thoughts on “Buzzkill

  1. ehpem

    I agree, macro would be nice! But I like this shot too. I wonder what function those yellow green flaps near the upper left had in the nest – they look a bit like leaves.

    This is not (entirely) shameless self promotion (because I am somewhat hesitant, and a bit embarrassed to do this), but if anyone is dying for wasp nest macros, then they can be found here: http://wp.me/p1R4lY-3MQ !


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Correct — those are leaves from the tree that’s just outside of the field of view. By the way, your macros of the wasp nest are drop dead gorgeous!

      I’ll keep going back to the nest and see how active it remains. So long as wasps are still in it, I’m real hesitant to take shots that are any closer than what I already shot.


    2. ehpem

      Ah, that makes it seem like the nest was pretty precariously attached if it was relying on leaves, partly anyway. I too would not be lying on the grass shoving a macro lens a few cm from what must me some very unhappy wasps. Glad you like my macros, these nests make for great closeups. The nest I had was sealed in a box and had not gone grey with weather, at least that is my theory, they might just have been building with yellow wood I suppose.


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