It’s autumn in Detroit, and most of the area’s tree leaves have turned from solid green to a colorful earth tone shade. They have since dropped to the ground to decay into the soil below. What are left are bare trees with gray limbs that can appear somewhat ghostly and eerie, especially in the evening moonlight. The naked trees can also expose the unforeseen, such as an active squirrel’s nest; a rotting limb that is infested with busy insects; or an old faded birthday balloon that has become tangled in the limbs. Sometimes, the most unexpected appears, such as the hanging head I spotted.
Well, it’s not really a hanging head in the truest sense, but a wasp nest that looks like one. It is round, about the size of a basketball, and appears to have a full head of hair made from ordinary falling leaves that have landed on top of it. The eyes and nose are made from unusual indentations within the sturdy paper wrap of the nest created from wood pulp crafted by the wasps. The round mouth of the hive has a natural look, made from the small hexagonal cells used to make and store honey within the hive.
It’s an interesting looking beehive. When I saw it hanging about 12 feet above the street I was riding down, it instantly reminded me of a human head. I never know what to expect or see while bicycling the streets of Detroit, and that’s one of the many beauties of riding here.