Thursday, October 12, 2006
I've been sticking my nose and my camera into burrows lately. Mostly, I stick my hand and camera in and then let the auto focus, auto flash wonder thingies on the Sony do the rest. You may remember the (post) bee tree post a while back. I have some gopher tortoise burrow inside shots to come, but this little burrow is not a gopher hole.
Flounder the dubious retriever and I were walking along near the pond when we came across this burrow. It was dark inside it and neither Flounder nor I was sure if it was occupied or not.
"One way to find out", Flounder suggested and I had to agree, so I knelt down, inserted the camera and pushed the little shutter release button thingie a couple of times.
Some insect, disturbed by the flash, flew out past me and Flounder snapped it up.
The slurping of said insect was followed by a bout of jowly head shaking and Flounder trotted off muttering. I didn't quite catch what he was saying, so I got back up and walked on.
As I walked, I pushed the little "instant gratification, look at your pictures right after you take them" button. I was curious to see if that burrow really was empty or not.
This is what I saw. Take a look below. You might need to click on the pic to get the full effect.
The burrow appears to be filled with the nest of ground nesting hornets. Why they didn't swarm out and attack in the 5 minutes I spent fiddling around their home ... I don't know. It was the heat of the day and they should have up to their usual crankiness.
I have some history with these little buggers and this just may have been my lucky day ... or at least a nonstupid one, although ...
... you may disagree on that last point.