This is hornet haven. Now you will have to blow up this pic and look just above the loose bark. Those hornets are hiding behind that loose bark. It's hard to see, but a couple of the boys are visible.
Actually they aren't hornets, I think they are paper wasps but there is no ring to saying paper wasp haven so I'm keeping it hornet haven. They must be there gathering materials for their nest.
Those wasps may be intimidating looking but as long as you don't threaten them, they won't hurt you. I wouldn't even think of threatening them.
The nests of these paper wasps are in many of the trees along the river. You have to watch out for them when meandering through some of the tight cuts. Don't want your face to slam into one of those wasp nests. Now I have gotten a line hung up in a tree with one of those huge wasp nests in it. I have also been stubborn enough to still want my lure back that the tree tried to hold on it. Even pulling and shaking the tree has not really pissed off the wasps. I only do it from a distance and when I am prepared to make a quick retreat.
Now this is what makes taking all the risks worth it. There have been several of these fellows hanging out under those tree limbs. That's a good size fish there. I have fairly long fingers and that fish was a hand full.
That fish is called a white perch or crappy. It's good eating. Just think of that baby coated with corn meal. I fillet these fish before I cook them, wouldn't want my dinner looking back at me.
Now our friend Craig Crawford at Trailmix says he has a fantasy of one day running a fish camp when he retires. Craig, you need to come visit "The Swamp". We could maybe teach you a thing or two. You need to get your feet a little muddy, to see if you like it.
This pic has nothing to do with hornet haven. I found something growing in the front yard. It looked like a tall asparagus. I mowed around it so I could see what that asparagus would turn in to. It turned in to a red spider lily. One