I found Bald-faced Hornet nest! Totally cool. Come take a look.
This nest is bigger than a basketball. Let’s get closer! Come on, I’ve got your back.
There we go!
Just a few feet closer.
Okay. That’s close enough!
You have to admit, it is a fascinating structure.
Okay, now the disclaimer. Just as when I shoot big waves during storms, I use long lenses and keep my wits about me. These are all full frame photos, all were shot at effectively 420mms, so I’m not on top of the hornets. I did have an exit strategy and fortunately we didn’t have any brown alerts.
Actually, they were taking sorties and flying right at me, then they would swerve around me and go about their business. I would have worked with them longer but I was having problems with the mosquitos (much nastier than this hive of hornets).
Now that I gave my disclaimer, here is a cropped shot. (Got it, this is cropped. Don’t try to get a shot like this with your iPhone or you will have a brown alert. Just sayin’.) Let’s get over the heebie-jeebie factor and think about it. These animals are all working together and building a functional structure.