Nothing. That's what we found inside that nasty hornet's nest we noticed at the cabin a few weeks back. Well, there weren't any hornets, so it wasn't an active nest anyway. Yesterday Sam grabbed a long piece of lumber from his stash underneath the cabin and he knocked the hornet's nest off the side of the cabin. Too bad there wasn't a video camera going at the time. When that nest hit the ground, my muscle's were ready to move...it was the instinctive fight or flight thing. Obviously you can tell how brave I was by the distance between me and the cabin in the pic...actually, it was the only way to get Sam and the nest in same frame. ;) It was pouring down rain when we did it...which is good. We need the rain. The rain is good for everything. But isn't the nest huge! It's so fragile, and lightweight, light as a feather. I've decided to keep it to display inside the cabin. Now I need to find a shadow box, or Plexiglas cube in which to store it. The next picture will tell you why. This is true craftsmanship at it's best. It's absolutely amazing...to me anyway.
The number of layer's on this nest is unbelievable. It feels like tissue paper, lots of tissue paper. Kinda weird, but cool, all at the same time.
Both Rumbeau and Allie were pretty fascinated by the nest. The second it hit the ground, Rum ran right over to it, very curious about what it was. Allie reserved her curiousity for the inner hive (seen on the cooler). It has seven levels and looks like a little hornet condo, except it broke into two pieces when it hit the ground. From an engineering point of view, this nest is remarkable. If you think about it, how well would any of our homes survive a fall, or crash, similar to the one the nest survived? I know, it's a stretch, but still, Mother Nature does have some pretty fantastic stuff up her sleeves.