Almost any time I see critters flit about and make their way in my garden, I get so excited! In this world of ever shrinking diversity, I flatter myself by thinking that species of all kinds seek my little spot out for it’s shady overhead protection, to sip some nectar out of some flowering marvel, or to cool off in the birdbath. Of course these are probably just fantasies on my part, but I like to think my little garden makes a difference in bettering lives other than my own. Here is a grasshopper I caught just the other day, chilling on an Itea.
In case you wander why I said “almost”, I admit to not being entirely fond of all the neighborhood cats that seem to have created some kind of cat highway through the back of our yard. Nothing against cats per se, but we discovered the hard way that the kitty we adopted from our neighbors, has nothing to defend himself with. The poor thing had been declawed! 😦 It’s at the point where he is afraid to go outside, so I try luring him out when I’m out there, so I can direct a well aimed jet of water at any unwanted intruders, in his defense. It seems to keep them at bay, at least for a little bit. Other than sharply adorned, semi-feral cats, though – all others are welcome!