My camera, my shield

It’s amazing what I will do for a photograph.  Things that I am normally afraid of or grossed out by are transformed into something bearable and even exciting if I am behind my camera.  Take last night for instance.  Mike and I were enjoying a wonderful supper out on the deck when all of a sudden Mike said, “Oh, I see the wasps are back”.  I turned around to see where he was pointing and saw a wasp’s nest hanging from underneath the deck railing, right behind where my head had been just moments before.  Of course, I quickly jumped out of my seat because I had some nasty experiences with bees and wasps when I was a kid, so I don’t exactly care for the stinging little buggers.

However, a second, more calm, look made me fascinated because of the  symmetrical architecture and geometrical construction of the nest, and my photographer’s eye took over from my fear.  Even though there was a wasp on the outside of the nest, I felt safe with my camera in front of me as a shield, and I got quite up close and personal for some shots.  Although the wasp is more blurry than I would have liked, I am still really happy with this shot.  Actually, I’m just happy that I got any shots at all LOL!

Wasp nest

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42 Responses to My camera, my shield

  1. dorannrule says:

    Oooooh! Scary and beautiful! But you must know, your camera only shields your face Cindy! What about the rest of you?

  2. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    What a great shot.
    Do be careful though – wasps are not pleasant insects when they get annoyed.

  3. nature is amazing but I hate to tell you my dear but loony friend–a camera is not a good shield–be careful!

  4. ifleury says:

    awesome shot Cindy! but we all know that the best photographers all take chances. koodos to you my friend and i’m glad you didn’t end up int he emerg.

  5. you should preface that with “without getting stung”

    • Oh, you have no idea how closely I was watching that little guy LOL! I have bad memories of being stung as a child, and if there had been more than one there is no way I would have been that close :). Welcome to my blog by the way.

  6. bulldog says:

    Oh what a lovely photo.. but that wasp can still get you past the camera… always have a small bottle of petrol (Gas I think you call it) handy.. if stung liberally apply petrol to the area of the sting… some how it takes the sting out of the bite and reduces any swelling or after effects… used it so many times and it works…. just don’t smoke at the same time or go near naked flames…LOL .. but then photosfromtheloonybin would probably try to capture that as well…

    • Hmm, human body in flames – that could be a cool photo LOL!! Just kidding! Do you know what else works for stings believe it or not? Mud. When my kids were little and they got stung, my hubby would just take some dirt out of the garden and mix it with water and apply it like a paste to the sting. It took the pain away instantly. I’ll have to remember the gas idea too though because I have never heard of that one :).

  7. TBM says:

    Great shot, but be careful. I’m terribly allergic and have ended up in the hospital a few times. Once the infection got into my bloodstream and oh boy was I sick. I could see red stripes going up my arm. And I was in grad school at the time so it wasn’t like I could take time off. I had to take an essay test and my hand was so swollen I could barely hold a pen. I think the professor did give me a few sympathy points though so maybe it was worth it!

  8. Jeff Sinon says:

    Anything for the shot, right? Those little buggers are nasty too.

  9. You’re braver then I am. I hate wasps and bees and try to stay far, far away.

  10. beckyday6 says:

    Haha you’re braver than me! I hate wasps even though I’ve never been stung by one, or a bee. I think it’s a fear of the unknown because it’s never happened to me I don’t know how much it would hurt. But you know what? I don’t really want to find out. 😛

    I love the idea of your camera as a shield!

    • I don’t blame you for not wanting to find out. It hurts like a bugger! On a different subject, I finished the 2nd Monument 14 book last night. That’s 3 books in one week. Wahooooo!! Now I am starting Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. She is one of the authors I met last week, and this series looks really good. You should check it out because I know you have very few books to read LMAO!!!!!

      • beckyday6 says:

        No WAY!!! That was was soooo quick! I want your reading speed, LOL! Three books in one week, wow. i don’t think I would ever manage that, even if they were really small. 😛

        I think I added one of the Shadow and Bone books on Goodreads, the second one from that series maybe? Just because I loved the cover so much, so I’ve put it on there to remind me, I have no clue what it’s about though!

      • They were really fast reads, but I guess I do read pretty quickly too :). I’m just so in the reading zone right now. I’ll let you know what Shadow and Bone is like once get into it a little bit more.

  11. I’m also not one for wasps & bees (or almost any creepy crawlies/bug stuff)!!! 😀 Well done for getting so close up!!! 😀 **

  12. zannyro says:

    These wasps need a tutu…

  13. Phil Lanoue says:

    Yikes! Big Scary Bug! 😯 Cool pic though. 🙂

  14. ladyfi says:

    You’re a brave woman!

  15. benzeknees says:

    The nest is so small compared to the size of the wasp! Wasps scare me too!

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