PietFrancke wrote:Pretty interesting shots with a good theme. I like the red counterpunch in the reflection shot.
I assume the bottom one is a bird nest?
The top one I am more familiar with. Those wasps capture spiders and paralyze them stuff them in there. Then the wasp larvae eat the spiders alive. This is about the most gruesome "nature" thing that I am aware of. These are very typical under decks up against cement/cinderblock walls. I peeled some off once and photographed macro spider legs stuffed together - that shot I called "catacombs"...
Charles Haacker wrote:They are all good, fascinating pictures. I think the third is a swallow's nest. I've seen them in clusters sometimes. At first I thought the first one was also swallows until Piet mentioned wasps. I immediately looked up (how did we live before the internet) mud daubers and there they were, more than one type but yours prominent among them. The middle one is captivating with its wonderfully wiggly reflections and the single bright red bobber calmly floating in the slack water. Lovely set!
LindaShorey wrote:The theme is fascinating and would be great fun to do as a challenge or share thread. Both cliff swallows and barn swallows build mud nests under eaves and bridges (and other structures). I've seen nest colonies here packed together by the dozens. Your reflection shot is very enjoyable - a great example of how interest can be elevated by inclusion of even a tiny additional element - especially if red
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