Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71: Creepy
I have one old example and one new example of creepy for this week’s challenge…
It was mid-morning on my day off.
I was sitting at the dining room table minding my own business. That is to say…finishing a mug of coffee and reading the local newspaper. A luxury I looked forward to.
Quiet. Peaceful. The sun shining outside…throwing a shaft of light through the window into the room.
I was all alone.
Or so I thought…
Until I noticed a soft buzzing sound that didn’t seem to make sense. I looked out the window. Nobody there. The street…empty.
I went back to reading. But I couldn’t concentrate. The buzzing grew louder…like the sound of blowing through paper folded over a comb. It seemed to be coming from above. I glanced at the ceiling and as my eyes shifted to the corner, I saw something moving.
Something dark with tiny skinny legs (?) and maybe a wing (?). Poking down from the corner of the ceiling. Trying to join me while I finished my coffee. Making its way through the wallboard between the dining room and the second floor.
Upon closer inspection, I noticed a dark discoloration extending from the corner out a few inches. And as I got nearer to the squiggling grossness, the buzzing increased.
I was…alarmed…to put it mildly.
I called the local exterminator, who arrived within the hour.
It turned out to be a wasp…
And, as we discovered later when we repaired the ceiling, a wasp with a large family in a very creepy nest.
Low tide at the ocean usually reveals all kinds of hidden treasures.
During a walk along the beach one day this summer, I discovered – amongst the seaweed and shells and stones – the remnants of lobster traps. Old lobster traps. Broken. Slimy. Icky.
Downright creepy in the afternoon light.