I really must work on these blog titles.

This below (and above if the featured image is appearing twice!) is the scene that greeted me earlier today, as I drove for lunch.

Well, this is an artist’s impression of the scene. The road was a little busier, traffic wise… and the road was a little more urban – in fact it was running through a town centre. There were traffic jams and pedestrian crossings with people using them, traffic illegally stopping in yellow box junctions (oh yes, they’ve been caught on the CCTV!)

Looking at the picture, if you can imagine that to be a major road junction just ahead, and there are five lanes full of traffic. The traffic lights are holding us up, as we are driving forwards, because they are on red. I’m in the fifth lane, so the one on the right, and there are therefore four more lanes to my left. On my right, is a reservation, and then two more lanes of traffic heading out of town.

In amongst all of this regular madness, somebody had accidentally, on purpose, or accidentally on purpose, disturbed an extremely large wasps’ nest. There were millions of them swirling hither thither and every whither between and betwixt themselves, the pedestrians, and us sitting in our steaming hot cars waiting to move forward. Several wasps landed on my windscreen (which is what made me realise the smoke-like cloud ahead was actually a swarm of wasps, and promptly close my window making the steaming hotness just a tad more hot).

Eventually, the traffic lights changed to green, and we could move forwards.

Eventually, we cleared the wasp cloud.

Eventually, the remaining wasps that had decided to hitch a ride on my car had dispersed.

And eventually, I was able to open my window, and breathe… and allow in the hot air from outside.

It was a surreal moment. Surrounded by a cloud of wasps. That doesn’t normally happen on a Wednesday.

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. Oh goodness……the traffic sounds bad enough then you add the wasp. Good grief.
    On a lighter note..one day on facebook ( yes I still do facebook but keep saying I will stop ) any way…traffic was stopped as a whole train of ducks made their way across several lanes of traffic. There appeared to be hundreds. One large truck in the background even turned around and took another way. Never know what the day holds. Be aware.

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    1. I’d prefer ducks over angry wasps any day, Beverly!
      And very true… sometimes we tend to happen across the oddest of events.

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  2. Wasps in my car would be my idea of a nightmare come true. 😳

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    1. A cloud of them swirling around outside isn’t much better, Sylvia!

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    1. It was a tad concerning, Jodi! 😀

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  3. Yikes! Your painting makes me very glad I wasn’t riding a motorcycle through that cloud… or worse, stopped in traffic on a motorcycle in the middle of that cloud.

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    1. Yep! That’s far worse than being in a car, Diane.

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  4. I’m surprised you didn’t capture it on your cell phone???? Good thing they didn’t get into the car with you! VK 🙂

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    1. If I could, I would have, VK. We aren’t allowed to use our mobiles when driving, even when stopped at traffic lights.

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  5. When does it usually happen, if not on a Wednesday ?

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    1. Usually on the sixth Saturday of the month, Raili… and then once in a blue Moon.

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      1. Ahaa! I knew it 🙂

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  6. Wasps swarm like bees in the mating season, as do ants.

    Looks like you were unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. Most definitely, Prenin! 😀

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  7. Sounds like an absolute nightmare! I’d have been freaking out and a complete wreck!

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    1. I managed to keep my calm, Icewolf… as I gently, but hurriedly, wound up the window… one walking up the glass outside!

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