Gas Pump Stinger

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Wasps don’t care about you, all they want is a long line of fat ants to munch on and the occasional wasp versus wasp battle royal so they can cannibalize one of their buddies. As long as you’re not poking them, or getting into their flight path they’ll pretty much leave you alone. Which is why it’s always a good time to leave sugar under park benches and picnic tables. Not saying people should do that, just that it’d be funny.

Technical Stuff: I took a lot of shots of this little dude, some of them fairly close. This was a couple of years ago, so I can’t remember any of the settings… besides, I mostly make that shit up anyway. But I know I was using my Kodak C533 pocket digital.

It takes a lot to provoke a wasp into stinging you, they’re kind of like Canadians in that way… it takes a lot to motivate us into violence, but we’ll cut you. Oh yeah, we’ll fucking cut you. The name of the song is “Ride Like Hell”, and it’s by Big Sugar from their 1994 release ‘Five Hundred Pounds’.


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About Gabriel

I’ve lived in more than fifty places. I've been paid to pick stones out of fields, take backstage photos of Britney Spears, and report on Internet privacy issues. My photos have been published in several newspapers, and a couple of magazines.
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5 Responses to Gas Pump Stinger

  1. ames says:

    I love this photo. I tried to figure out the root of its awesomeness. I think it is a combination of the perspective and my fear of wasps.

    Great song. I’m listening to Big Sugar quite a bit lately and “Five Hundred Pounds” is my favourite album of theirs.

  2. thordora says:

    GAH. I hate yellow jackets.

  3. Gabriel says:

    I had a yellow jacket once… I was wearing it when a drunk guy attacked me in Ottawa’s Byward Market. I kind of miss it, but I had to throw it out because it was torn and covered in dude’s blood. The whole story is actually kind of awesome.

    This is one of my favourites as well. I think this photo is mostly cool because the little guy is staring straight into the lens. It creates a direct connection with the viewer. The fear of all things wasp seems more elemental than the fear of bees…

  4. markps2 says:

    “the little guy is staring straight into the lens.”

    I came to comment just that. Great picture.

  5. Gabriel says:

    Thanks Mark, it’s always a little odd when nature shows a direct interest in what’s going on. Thanks for the comment buddy.

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