Monday, July 14, 2008

Odd Shot Monday

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All Facing My Way
(Click on the photo to see what it looked like through the viewfinder)


The photo acquisition goes something like this:

I pinned back a couple of small twigs that were interfering with a nice shot of an active wasp nest. I nicely positioned my camera on my monopod for an interesting shot. I then kneeled down and looked through the viewfinder.

To my surprise, they were all looking my way, except for a few buzzing around. One, and only one, quick photo and I decided that discretion was in order, not valor.


As I slowly backed up and hastily departed, I heard them say.


"After that bright light, when I can see, let's get him."

"Yeah, let's put red knots on his head."

"Let's see how fast this one can run."

"Some of them yell and throw down that black thing before they run."

"I can see now. Where did he go?"

"Oh well, back to tending the larvae. It's too hot to chase him very far today. Anyway, did I tell you about the time that I stampeded the Buffalo in the next pasture over?"



If you liked the story or photo, leave a comment.



These odd posts all started over at Katney's.


Troy and Martha

30 comments:

Louise said...

I liked the story AND the photo! I would have been brave enough for only one (if that), as well!

Michael Palmer said...

BRAVE- Nice shot and story.

AphotoAday said...

Interesting shot.
Looks like they were keeping a pretty close eye on you...   When I was a kid a lot of people called me Bug, but I've gained a real appreciation for bugs since I've gotten into Marvin's buggy blog...

Cicero Sings said...

Great shot and fun post.

Daryl said...

Loved both ... the actual bugs not so much ...

:-Daryl

Blue said...

Errr!
Wasps... I'm gone.

Dragonstar said...

I clicked, and WOW! They are really quite beautiful, but I'd rather look at the picture than take it. They're giving you some very hard looks.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Thank goodness you survived to tell the story! ;-)

ArneA said...

Do not like the photo and / or the story
Do not like insects at all!!!!
og
are there some insect that I have to like.
Hope not

kjpweb said...

Yikes - nothing I want to run into unexpectedly!
Good shot though!
Cheers, Klaus

Katney said...

That is one photo that I will not try to duplicate.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lordy Mercy! The top right hand wasp is just itching for a fight. It looks like a Samurai warrior in full battle gear! I think you were beyond brave to get even one shot!

quinttarantino said...

Interesting photo it is.
Bugs? Hum ...

JC said...

I like the photo and the story... but I don't like wasps... they are plain mean little buggers.

Lew said...

I have disturbed a few of these nests over the years, but not with my camera in hand. Great closeup! And I'm glad you didn't get attacked.

dot said...

Really nice catch of the wasp nest. Glad you didn't get stung!

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, I'm so glad I found this site, awesome shot, again all being about being at the right place at the right time, with I might add, the right equipment, love your little story, made me laugh.

Anonymous said...

I think you got in the wasps'heads.
Good story.
jm

Doug Taron said...

Although I can appreciate the composition and execution of your good photo,it still gives me the willies. I've been creeped out by wasps ever since my unfortunate bout of anaphylactic shock age 14.

Luke said...

Nice close up! and odd shot!

The Urban Buddha said...

Interesting picture and liked the story too! :o) Thanks for sharing!

Genie said...

I thought that maybe through photography I would develop a liking for bugs. Or, at least, and appreciation. But if anything, it only enhances my irrational fear of them. UGH!

Cool shot, from what I could see of it with my hands over my eyes.

fishing guy said...

Troy: As much as I enjoyed the photo I don't know if I would ever try it. The wasps can be so mean and seem to enjoy stinging you with a jolt.

chanpheng said...

I'm amazed that you didn't get stung - but amazing the lengths we will all go through to get the perfect shot! And your picture is just great!

The Texican said...

They can find you. I will testify to that. Pappy

photowannabe said...

Awesome shot and story too. those beady eyes looking at us give me the willies.
I think I would take off too. love this post.

me ann my camera said...

This was a great capture, very unique and probably one that you will never get again. Lovely!

becky voyles said...

Oh, this was so cute. Priceless.

Marvin said...

Great post and nice shot of the wasps. They do seem to be giving you the evil eye.

diane cook said...

What a funny story, and a GREAT shot. You are indeed the brave one! I am not scared of them, but also know they are insects and have a (small) mind of their own. LOL!