Out There: I should have known better

Wildlife photographer may seem like a cushy gig, but if you're not careful, it's a job that could get you killed.

Updated: September 28, 2004, 1:37 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

I should have known better. A man is foolish to stay where he's just been stung by a yellow jacket.

A friend agrees to pose for backpacking photographs on a woodland trail. We shoot a few setups, then, suddenly, I am bowled over by searing pain.

It feels like someone has placed a glowing charcoal briquette on my neck. It is, instead, the sting of a yellow jacket.

I continue working. The sting hurts, but the pain will pass. I fail to notice, however, that I was stung by a species ...

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