Garden Drama

All life is full of drama or what we like to call “the circle of life”.  These poor caterpillars had really bad timing and made their chrysalis right before a hard freeze.  The chrysalis dropped to the ground and dissolved.

If you can enlarge the photo, the spots on the butterfly wing can be seen.

Luckily, I was looking up before I walked into this scene.  The scary looking spider captured a meal that will probably last  for days.

Yes, in the circle of life every creature has to eat.  This predator is  hanging out near the bird feeder.  It will not be a good day for some poor bird.

Plants are major players in life’s drama, but sometimes it works to their advantage.  I call this plant raccoon grapes.  Raccoons love to eat the wild grapes that grow nearby and apparently like to relieve themselves while climbing up trees.  I often find raccoon scat at the base of my trees.  This process is definitely a win, win for the grape vine.  The seeds get moved to a new location to grow and the raccoon deposit the grapes right next to a tree for the vine to climb up.

A garden is just not a garden, it is full of life’s dramas.


12 Comments on “Garden Drama”

  1. shoreacres says:

    I always quiver a little when I come across such scenes, especially when they involve babies getting snatched. On the other hand, if everything survived, this would be a very crowded place, indeed! And, as you point out — everyone has to eat.

  2. Deb says:

    There is drama in nature, I enjoyed seeing the drama in your garden. My daughter and I are always amazed at how fast that tongue of a little tree frog flies out to catch an insect. It likes to sit on our glass sliding door at night to catch the insects that flock to the outside light.

  3. Tina says:

    Drama, indeed. It’s hard to see a life end, but it is how things are supposed to work.

  4. janesmudgeegarden says:

    It’s very tenuous hold on life for many creatures, isn’t it?

  5. tonytomeo says:

    I sometimes write about how competitive plants are, and how aggressive and violent vines are. People do not think about that because they do not see them doing anything aggressive or violent. No one sees them in action. I also write about how eucalypti, pine, cedar an redwood use herbicidal foliar litter to prevent competitive specie from getting too close to them, and how California fan palm and Monterey pine burn really hot to kill the competition so their babies get to dominate.


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