David Mathre Photography

Welcome to my Images of the Day Photo blog. My goal is to post images from each day of the year going back to 2006 when I got my first DSLR camera. Images I post on Google+ are also forwarded to this Photo blog. I am a retired chemist that worked nearly thirty years in the Pharmaceutical industry. I took my first DSLR camera on a road trip across the United States, and became hooked, with my new passion becoming a photographer. I now spend all my time traveling and taking pictures. Since then I have visited over 50 countries, many on Semester at Sea voyages. My photographic interests include travel, the natural world, landscapes, and photographic techniques. I always want to learn something new and the only way to become better is to learn from mistakes.

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08-August-2012

Bald-faced Hornet.

I noticed a number of bald-faced hornets that seemed attracted to holly leaves. I don’t know if they are trying to get some of the wax off the leaves for their hive. I have not found the hive yet. A couple of years ago they built a basket-ball size hive in my backyard, and made a video. 24-July-2010 and images last year 23-July-2011 I understand that the bald faced hornet is easily upset, and unlike a honey bee is able to inflict multiple stings — so do want to find the hive.

Bald-faced Hornet on a Holly Leaf. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VRII lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Bald-faced Hornet on a Holly Leaf. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VRII lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

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