Wednesday, December 19, 2012
|Bald-faced hornets nest.|
photographed December 18, 2012
This nest is about 25 feet above the ground.
The Winter Solstice is in just a few days.
There is no measurable snow on the ground.
What do those three facts have to do with the photograph?
Every year in my wanderings as a naturalist and writer I hear fables about nature.
One that persists is that hornets and squirrels build their nests high up in trees, above the
level of the snowfall to come. I am polite and just smile when I hear this.
But since last winter was nearly snowless in Oakland County (Michigan) and I want snow
and this now abandoned hornet's nest (I photographed yesterday) is 25 feet above the ground and I
saw gray squirrel nests even higher all I can say now is "Bring it on!"
Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow.