Snackin’ in the garden

Mantis-cicadaIn the dim pre-dawn light, I was making my morning trek to retrieve the morning newspaper, when my attention was pulled to a pain-like screeching coming from the garden.  It wasn’t hard to follow the noise, which turned out to be a hungry praying mantis, squeezing the life from a still struggling cicada, who’d found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time.  There are so many wonderful opportunities in the garden to observe nature if we just slow down and be mindful of each moment.

 

Kildeer nesting in the garden

Kildeer nesting at JLBGMost birds in the garden have the good sense to nest in relatively safe areas like trees, but not killdeers.  I almost ran over this nesting killdeer with the golf cart yesterday. Fortunately, they have rather loud voices.  We’re not sure if this is mama or daddy, but the babies can’t be far off.

 

Anole Love

We love our color-changing, native Carolina anoles.  He are some recent photos from the garden. Hello...need some auto insurance.  Just kidding!       I'm looking for a mate...are you a mate? That's more my speed...love in the afternoon...at Juniper Level Botanic Garden.   Read more [...]