Drama in the Garden


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Life abundant..

Anyone who knows me well can tell you I am intrigued by living things, both the magnificent and the seemingly mundane. While in Costa Rica, the magnificent found its way to my front door, fairly knocking it down at times. I miss my little Titis! 😦

I have learned, however, that life is constant, vibrant, and that there are very big things which occur in nature beneath our feet, outside our air conditioned “cocoons”, and under our very noses-all too often unnoticed by us. Even with my interest in such things, I am guilty of looking all too often upward to the skies for my precious birds while there are wonders in hidden places. Yesterday afforded me the chance to redeem myself. I was out shooting photos of the garden after spotting some lovely ‘baby’ dragonflies. Whether these are truly infant forms of my favorite insect or simply another variety, I am not certain. If there is an entomologist out there who is willing to help me out, I gladly accept your expertise. All I know is their wispy presence adds magic to my life and encourages me to delve into the world of the ethereal once more. It was they who prompted me to grab my Nikon and start shooting..

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Isn’t she sweet? They are like little sparkles of light in my yard when they come. Truly faeries. They say hello to Selma and Siri!

I also spotted a bee on my Greek Oregano, happily sipping from the white blooms there.

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As I followed his progress, my attention was drawn to a yellow jacket. Apparently it was an active feeding time for the winged insect world, and I was delighted to share the experience. I spotted a beautiful yellow jacket wasp next and followed its progress-carefully-to where it landed upon my hibiscus. What exactly it was doing in there, I am not sure, but it was very intent. I wanted a good shot so waited patiently while it tended to its business there.

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Eventually it emerged and began to make its way down the plant stalk and on to other projects.

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Keeping  a careful eye for it to suddenly flit off the plant and at me, the interloper, I continued to watch it through the lens, thinking it might present a great photo op eventually.

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Acchhh!! Another blur.  But wait..from the corner of my eye-and the lens-I saw another mini drama unfolding mere inches from my little lethal friend.

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Whether he didn’t want to stick around for the horrific unfolding or had simply become aware of losing his chance in the spotlight, my little orange friend flew away, leaving me alone with the players in the drama that was unfolding beneath the leaves of my innocent hibiscus.  Again, any entomologist who would care to dive in here would be welcome. This lovely but frighteningly serious insect was just beginning to prepare its morning meal.

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What follows are the shots I took while this life process unfolded in an otherwise oblivious world. I felt honored to have witnessed a tiny bit of miniature life on the planet.

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I found this effect to be quite ‘forensic’.

Note: this series is not for the sensitive person, who is not aware of, or cares to know about, the circle of life around us.

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I had honestly never seen such an insect before and I have seen lots, both mild and wild, living in one of the most humid, damp areas of the country, but I thought the color was amazing.

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When it appeared my guest had things “wrapped up” for his breakfast plans; and with sweat pouring down my face, I excused myself from the scene, leaving them to whatever would follow.

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And as my lovely and wise winged friends say, “Life is a circle, and each of us has a place in it.” I was so happy his place happened to be in my yard.

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See you next time!

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