Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids and birds all live within the balance of the web of life.
When human kind enters and tries to control and change their environment to suit their needs the interconnectedness of the web is destroyed. Non-native species may enter, an imbalance of natives may occur. If we focus on the interconnectedness and provide the essentials needed for those who live here, food, water, cover and places to raise young, we can restore the balance.
During daily excursions into the gardens I am greeted by those with whom I share this space.
Guarded but not afraid, they allow me to be the caretaker for this moment in time.
As my reward they tolerate a close encounter.
Their likeness forever captured.
I encourage you to go out into your shared space and photograph the creatures you encounter!
Having a kitchen garden had always been a dream of mine.
To walk outside our backdoors, to pick fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables was once the norm and for many still is.
Connected to our mother Earth, being in tune with her heartbeat provides a security not found in daily commutes and eight-plus hour work days. Beginning in May and continuing though to the first autumn frost I know I will be provided for.
I plant seeds and she waters and fertilizes new growth.
We co-create a garden that provides not only for the human family but also for a myriad of creatures who share our space. Birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and arachnids compete for a space to create a home or food for themselves and their young. I too compete in the reaping.
Tomatoes, cabbages, peppers, sometimes I am not the first to harvest from the garden!
I do not mind sharing, they give back by strengthening the web of life through our inter-connectedness.