Photography makes me SLOW DOWN...
focus on one thing,
and then I see things I wouldn't have otherwise (same dahlia),
like a VERY tiny spider,
building a very tiny orb web,
floating in a sea of dahlia hues.
Found this new ootheca (mantid egg case, on the support for the cardinal climber)
which I hope is from this summer's green mantid rockstar.
Here she is giving mouth-to-mouth to a honeybee.
Which is what I tell myself so I can gaze at it.
Also, in the photo you can't see the bee's leg twitch.
I had to walk away.
However, notice she's also doing the splits. Woah.
A blue-lipped goddess whom, like Pele (the volcano goddess),
you don't mess with.
Old ootheca on old manzanita branch in garden.
Those things are AMAZINGLY hard. Like fossil-hard.
So hopeful: dahlia bud soaking up the sun.
Teensy white crab spider on morning glory, behind scarlet runner bean.
Honeybee & her adorable shadow on pink zinnia.
Tiny harvest, plus Moby chick.
Another small yet beautiful harvest.
And back to mediation,
was taking photo of this,
Noticed tiny white dust speck on the lower right,
which is this amazingly tiny animal.
And makes me love biology and photography
all over again.