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SCARE OF A LIFE TIME: I did the ice bucket challenge two days ago, but I did not and would not ever accept the bee sting challenge! I paid the price for my only catch yesterday. I threw my 1oz rattle trap into a cove at Holiday Park. Halfway to the boat this guy hit my lure and the fight was on. I was in a kayak so I knew securing my catch would be difficult. As the fish went toward the bank I decided OK he is gonna make it easy on me. So, Rowed to the bank as the fish was also pulling me over there. I didn't know that some kind of wasp or hornet's nest was in the vicinity. As I got ready to hit the shore, it happened so fast. I was stung at least 7 times on the scalp in just a split second and had the bees all around me. Acting by survival instinct. I threw off my life jacket and jumped into deep water. I went under and came up several times creating huge waves to repel the annoying bees. One managed to make it under my shirt and sting me on the right arm. I swam into deeper water leaving everything behind for then and the bees continued to pursue. After about 2 scary minutes the bees seemed to stop. I went under water and found my fishing pole with the bass still on the hook and was also able to pull my kayak to me using my other pole. The paddle however, was right under where I think the bee's nest was. So, while the sun was out I could not retrieve the paddle. I pulled my fishing poles over to me and tossed my catch in the kayak. I will enjoy eating him for dinner after what I went through. I wonder if I get to become a bass pro for this. With the bees all ticked off, I knew that going back to the nearest shore and getting back in my kayak was not an option. The bees were still coming after me so I had to get away from there. So, I pulled my kayak with me while swimming below it. I put my arm in my life jacket to help me keep a float. I could not put my life jacket on properly at this point, and with the bees chasing me. I wanted to be able to submerge myself if more bees decided to chase me. It took me about 20 minutes to swim across the lake with my kayak. I battled leg cramps during this time and pretty much said nothing but cuss-words the whole time. I got back to the bank and threw my catch in my truck, got some quick first aid from some fellow fisherman. Then night time and it was time for me to retrieve my paddle. I took my snake fighting bo-staff and used it as a paddle. As I got to the area I took extra precaution.s This time I took my life jacket off and using my now apparently water proof mag-lite flashlight, I swam underwater to the bank welding my fishing pole. As I approached the bank while still underwater I used my fishing pole to pull my paddle in the water. Then I swim back to my kayak, and pulled it about 20 yards to a nearby part of the bank to clean up the rest of the mess, after that I rowed back to the bank and loaded up my truck.


Joseph W. Johns
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
My name is Joseph W. Johns. I've been on this site since July 2004 and it's safe to say that this is the site that made me a photographer. I'm also a former Midland Valley High School yearbook photographer, where I took pictures of sports and other school events. I graduated in the class of 2009 and won the school's "Spirit of the Mustang" award for my work. I also graduated Aiken Tech then The University of South Carolina Aiken. I was a sports photographer for the campus paper Pacer Times.

In this gallery you'll see a variety of different photography and photo manipulations from 2004-present. For photography I have nature, automotive, railroad, urban, and many other categories.

Awards and notables
:bulletred: 2009 Spirit of the Mustang Winner at Midland Valley High School
:bulletred: Photos published in the Aiken Standard
:bulletred: 3 photos published in the 2013 edition of USC Aiken's Broken Ink
:bulletred: 2 photos published in the Greenville Western Railway's 2014 calender
:bulletred: Multiple photos published on local news channels

Current Residence: South Carolina
Favourite genre of music: Rock/Metal something that gets my energy flowing
Favourite photographer: Too many to list!
Favourite style of art: Photography, photomanipulation
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: Windows media player
Favorite cartoon character: Homer Simpson
Personal Quote: Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

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winterface Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thanks for the favs fellow sandlapper!
WildernessMan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Thanks for the faving :)
railguy365 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the faves!
UAG Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Artist
Hey man... all good??.. 
Just wanted to post some thanks for the faving over the past couple of weeks... Sorry for the delay man... I was away on a trip.. 
Have a good one! 
veeegeee Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Writer
HumanHunter Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav!
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Thanks for the favorite!
WickedOwl514 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the +fav ! I appreciate your support!!!!:D (Big Grin) 
s-kmp Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
:w00t: Thanks for the Fave on Bumble Bee Tongue 01 :)
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