Bee is Mantis

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Oooh, pretty!

Praying mantis! And so well camouflaged in salvia!

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Those were my first thoughts.

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Though I chose not to publish these photos previously because they disturb me,

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they perfectly illustrate the ephemeral beauty of nature and fleeting quality of life and experience since living requires eating.

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The honey bee is caught,

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savored,

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beheaded

and further savored…

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and I had to walk away from breathtaking wonder in revulsion despite accepting that the bee is the mantis. We are each bee and mantis, simultaneously, our moments just as fleeting.