Swarms of Fun!

Amidst all the work we do at camp, we do tend to squeeze in some fun!  But it's probably not the fun you are used to (remember, we're in smalltown USA!!) Yellow-jackets-1Part of an ongoing battle (and hazard) around the camp are yellow jacket nests in the ground…everywhere.  The boys are always in the danger zone as they mow and weedwack because they don't know until it's too late that the lovely little evils have started a new nest and are pretty possessive and protective of it! (pretty funny to watch them screaming up the road as they are chased by angry yellow jackets!) Well, a new nest was discovered.  Somehow, it was decided that I needed to get a picture of the swarm of yellow jackets after the mower passed over the nest!  I thought it would be amazing to have the sun gleaming with the swarm swarming.  So…we planned and prepared! Yellow-jackets-4

Yellow-jackets-5One brave Ramsey would be hoodied up, would floor the mower over the top of the nest, and I would be in place to catch the swarm with my camera.  Just picture all of us staff outside, most at a smart & safe distance, watching this "taunt the yellow jackets" fun taking place!Yellow-jackets-6

Yellow-jackets-2Well, Ramsey floored it, as planned. The yellow jackets were spitting angry as planned.  But the photographer (ahem, that'd be me!) was found running and screaming up the road as unplanned. Sounded something like this, "Shaaauuuunnnn, get 'em off me! Ouch! Get 'em off me! Hurry!" Three little zings later, I was frustrated that I missed the shot I imagined capturing, but laughing because it was a kickin' good time!

Hey, I faired better than my man a couple months back…half his face was swollen for a couple days!Swollen face Yeah, it's okay that you think we're crazy!!

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