Yesterday I found the first praying mantis of the year, a tiny little baby barely as long as the nail on my thumb, scurrying up and down the rolled-up garden hose. Praying mantises are among my favorite inhabitants of the garden, and I hope to find more and watch them grow as the summer progresses. The fully grown specimen in late summer are quite impressive, especially those of the large Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) naturalized in this part of the country.
Teeny tiny baby mantis
The garden as a whole, meanwhile, looks quite nice from above, or at least I think so...
Part of the garden as seen from the living room window
That is all. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!