I decided to shoot some photos of a honey bee hive that's 30-35' up in an old red (or scarlet) oak. The hive has two entrances, the main opening is about 12 feet above the secondary entrance. Three years ago I found a pair of raccoons sleeping in the hole, during a climb last year I checked the cavity from above, determined there were no raccoons in it and rappelled down to check out the opening. I landed with one foot on the edge of the hole and looked down to see my foot surrounded by honey bees. A quick swing and I was away from them, no problem.
This time I approached much more carefully, tied in both ends of my rope well above the hive and lowered down gradually until I was close enough to get some photos.
Base of the tree
Looking down, the hive is on the other side of the leader/limb on the right, next to the broken off stub just peeking out facing up. Rope over a limb at about 75', tree's a little over 90'.
There's the same dead stub now on the right, hive on the left
Angle from above a little closer
I was shooting with a 100-400mm lens so I could keep a comfortable enough distance, around 10 feet. The tail of my rope was up and over a crotch and down the other side of the tree so it wouldn't agitate them. I moved slowly and watched them carefully to make sure they weren't getting excited after I made a move closerRest of the climb photos