Predator & Prey
I spent Sunday evening entertained my this insect cat and mouse game in our front flower garden. After watching grasshoppers dine on my wife’s flower pots I was quietly encouraging my resident pest controller to do it’s job. After jockeying for position it struck with the blink of an eye…and missed. It just proves that the predator’s life owns no guarantees.
Insect Cat and Mouse
I guess you could say this is a Friday Friend and Foe Post.
This Preying (or praying if you prefer) Mantis seemed to be reprimanding me to be still and quiet. It’s not very nimble but does exhibit a fair amount of patience while prowling for the flies that were landing nearby.
But God made the earth by his power;
he founded the world by his wisdom
and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar;
he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rain
and brings out the wind from his storehouses. Jeremiah 10:12-13 NIV
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.
– Isaac Watts (Hymn: “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”)
Another Sunday Scene
This weeks WPC is Texture. Texture overload is built into this little creation, not to mention the variations provided by the Rattlesnake Master Flower its pollinating. Each segment comes with it’s own sensory appeal. Click for the fuller view!
My Friday Friends have great eyes. Whether by the pond, in the woods, or along the prairie, some great sets of eyes are on you! Click on an image for the best view.
Green Eyed Hornet
Fly Guy (reminds me of the children’s book series character
Green Soldier Fly (has the eyes of a buckeye nut in this shot)
My, what big green eyes you have!
Southern Spreadwings in Competition
The mating process of Damselflies and Dragonflies is fascinating theater if you pause to just watch for awhile. It also varies from specie to specie and can be quite violent. I’ll leave any explanations to the experts. This pair is about to be broken up, but eventually the female will oviposit into the lush vegetation available.
I’ve only seen this damselfly in the warmth of the harsh light of mid-day sun. Its been a challenge to me to get the photo right. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but I’ve learned a lot more about Lightroom photo processing!
This weeks Friday Friends.