We had a rather violent storm (or rather convergence of four storms) here on Monday afternoon that dumped a good amount of much needed rain. The bottom floor of the hospital where I work flooded, we nearly lost power to the building and a couple of people in the community were even struck by lightning.
Working late, it was night time when I was finally able to drive home but fortunately well and truly after the storm had passed. It wasn't until the next morning that I could survey the damage. Surprisingly there were only a couple of branches down around the place at home. We'd had a few storms the week before that must have cleaned off the dead ones from the gumtrees already.
There was; however, a strange grey hump shape sitting on the lawn. It wasn't moving so it was either dead or inanimate. Inching closer I could finally tell it was the nest that had been suspended from the underside of a gumtree branch. I had hoped it was wild bees but looking at this it's more like a huge wasp nest. The ants have been having fun exploring it since it made its landing.
|The mothership has crashlanded|
|Close up of the comb|
|Someone's secret stash of pancakes - saving them for a rainy day|