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bald faced hornet, nest, beltsville, pg county_2014-08-29-17.44.13 ZS PMax | by Sam Droege
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bald faced hornet, nest, beltsville, pg county_2014-08-29-17.44.13 ZS PMax

3X close-up of the homemade paper that made up the outside of a Bald-faced Hornet Nest here in Beltsville. I discovered the nest after getting stung when out trail running in the woods and went back to find that it was built on the ground in short vegetation. A few days later it was destroyed. Note the different colored fibers from different fiber sources. I am not sure what the small black dots are but they occur throughout the nest.






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Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200



The murmuring of bees has ceased;

But murmuring of some

Posterior, prophetic,

Has simultaneous come,--



The lower metres of the year,

When nature's laugh is done,--

The Revelations of the book

Whose Genesis is June.



-Emily Dickinson



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Basic USGSBIML set up:



USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.



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301 497 5840


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Taken on August 29, 2014