Ahhhhh, a lovely early morning walk along Lama Hisum, then down Olo Win Trail…………and “oh, look! It’s an exposed wasp nest on the side of the hill. Wonder what exposed it? A bear? A raccoon? A skunk?” Ruger, the boxer who was walking with us (me and Gregory Oliver) gave the nest a brief examination, yelped and jump back. (I totally missed that sequence.) With my iPhone camera always at the ready I decided to take a photo of the most interesting hole. Bing. Bang. Boom. Three quick bites/stings. Yes I yelped, probably uttered something un-lady-like and moved back really fast. Yikes! Upper lip. Left wrist and then right hand. Almost simultaneously. And then another bite in the upper chest–by a dastardly little creature that had got inside my shirt!
I did NOT get a photo of the nest, nor will I go back to get one. I had taken an allergy pill before leaving home but it wasn’t helping me now. But I did take a few ugly photos:
Moral of the story: Admire a hillside exposed wasp nest from a distance. Don’t worry about the darned photo! (which I never did get). After a bit of research I applied a baking soda paste to each of the three easily accessible stings and a chipped ice, cloth wrapped compress to my lip. It’s still swollen almost an hour later.Leave a comment