Hornet's Nest by olivetreeann

Hornet's Nest

I discovered this abandoned nest in my shed a few days ago when I was getting out the Christmas lights. Since today was rather dreary and rainy, I decided to use it as today's subject. Although it's an amazing construction, I hope they don't rebuild come Spring!
Glad it is abandoned :)
December 6th, 2011  
At first I thought this was a croissant! hahaha. Bees and the like are engineering marvels.
December 6th, 2011  
@kerristephens Thanks Kerri- me too!
@michaelelliott lol Michael. If this was a croissant, it would really have some zip in it!
December 6th, 2011  
Really is a piece of art . . amazing construction. I'd keep that just to study the beauty of it.
December 6th, 2011  
It's a wonder how these little bees make these beautiful nest. inside the shed...didn't you see any bees in there over the summer? hornets are even worth.....
December 6th, 2011  
@karenann Thanks Karenann- I've promised it to a young friend of mine who loves anything from the natural world. I will probably try photographing it again before I officially give it away. I think a black background would do it more justice, but I was too lazy to set up the shot today!
@bruni Thanks Bruni- I don't think it's new to this summer. I think it was there long before. I'm sure the hornets would have attacked me this summer when I opened the door if it was in the process of being built. That shed has all my gardening stuff in it, so I'm in and out of there all the time.
December 6th, 2011  
Some great texture, but they usually tend to return to their previous spot. You could spray the area realy well, and perhaps the smell will prevent it.
December 6th, 2011  
Warm tones, I will be looking to see it against black, I bet it will have a totally different look.
December 6th, 2011  
Cool. Like the textures. I'm glad it was not occupied when you found it.
December 7th, 2011  
It really is amazing how these insects produce the raw material to make their home. Too bad people can't do that. It would make housing expenses much lower!
December 7th, 2011  
@digitalrn Thanks for the comment Rick- I don't think this was made this year- it probably traveled from NJ where we got the shed (for free!!) to our home, so if the hornets wanted to return, they'd have to find us! But I do intend to give it a shot of wasp/hornet killer the next time out there, just to be safe now.
@httpgeffed Thanks Colleen. Maybe tomorrow, it I don't find anything else to shoot!
@changingtides Thanks Allie! I tried poking it first, just to be sure, and boy was I ready to run, if it wasn't empty!
@allie912 Thanks Allison- well, some folks are actually doing things like that. I've seen a few unique homes on video clips my friend from Spain sends me. Yeah- he's got a lot of time on his hands!!
December 7th, 2011  
Looking at the thumbnail I thought is was an english muffin with peanut butter.. LOL, good find
December 7th, 2011  
great processing
December 7th, 2011  
They are amazing creatures but they still make my skin crawl
December 7th, 2011  
I hope it is abandoned! We had praying mantis' hatch in my son's bedroom, and those little guys were everywhere! Nature never ceases to amaze me.
December 7th, 2011  
Very interesting photo Ann.
December 7th, 2011  
@sarasdadandmom lol- someone had breakfast on his mind! Thanks for the view Terry.
@mikichelle Thank you Mikichelle!
@pandorasecho Thanks Dixie- I'm not too fond of them either having been stung by one before. (That was back in the day I had my 35mm SLR, and of course I was photographing their nest- with them in it! Insane.)
@lisjam1 Wow- I've only seen a Praying Mantis a few times "in the wild". I can't imagine having them hatch in my house! Thanks for the view Lisabell.
@nicolecampbell Thanks Nicole!
December 7th, 2011  
Bev
At least they're gone and you can get rid of it. Good shot
December 7th, 2011  
ooh wow - great textures :D
December 7th, 2011  
Looks very familiar! And a good place to stay away from ;-) Nice textures and you captured the construction very well
December 7th, 2011  
Nice textures and sepia - it does look amazing. I hope they stay away next year though!
December 7th, 2011  
@prttblues Thanks Bev- I'll probably take a few more shots and then give to a young man I know who loves nature things.
@hinkipunk94 Thanks Sophie!
@cimes1 Thanks Carole!
@alia_801 Thanks Alia! I'm pretty sure this is very old- I don't think it was made this summer. So I think I'm safe.
December 7th, 2011  
Pam
ooooh! scary bugs need homes too just not anywhere near us humans!
December 9th, 2011  
@potsbypam It's alright. It was abandoned


Thanks Pam- it was empty!




































1
December 9th, 2011  
i'd have sliced it in half just to see how it looks inside. my mother always told us when we were young not to touch these things because the smell stay on our fingers and the horde would come and chase us. that was enough for us to stay away even from abandoned nests. :-) great capture and processing.
December 9th, 2011  
@summerfield You do have to be careful- but I knew it was unoccupied because of the time of year. After the first frost you usually don't find too many bees or hornets flying around. But, this is an old nest. I don't think it was active this year anyway. Otherwise I would have left it alone. Thanks!
December 9th, 2011  
That is quite a find. From your image, it looks very delicate.
Terrific capture, Ann!
December 13th, 2011  
@kloud Thanks Bonnie- yes it is. I still have it and am thinking of setting it up on a black background to see if it photographs even better on that. A little busy to do that right now, but someday...
December 14th, 2011  
So delicate, thank you for sharing
December 14th, 2011  
@melorac Thank you Carole- you are quite welcome!
December 15th, 2011  
Those things amaze me... my aunt and uncle had one hanging in their living room for a long time and it was HUGE
December 22nd, 2011  
@crickle1969 I hope it was an empty one!!
December 22nd, 2011  
@olivetreeann Yes, it was a dead one and they'd had it preserved, too
December 22nd, 2011  
Leave a Comment
Sign up for a free account or Sign in to post a comment.