Live and Learn

Carol A. Hand


If we take time to look around

we may notice something mysterious

that we missed before

in our preoccupying busyness

believing that what we were doing

was more important

than being present in the moment

to witness the wondrous diversity of life

and learn something we didn’t know before

about other beings who share the world


A fascinating visitor (American Pelecinid Wasp) – August 22, 2018


P.S. – I’m still on my break from blogging, but my muse insisted that I share this post today after seeing the little wasp again. Her return visit reminded me about the photo I took a couple days ago when I first saw her on my side step. She waited patiently for me to grab my iphone and take a number of pictures. I meant to see if I could learn more about her then, but there is always something else that needs doing. This morning, she was walking over the moist ground in my backyard, a gift from last night’s rain, and then flew up with her tiny wings and sat on a bent fern. Her return inspired me to discover more about her and share what I learned.

33 thoughts on “Live and Learn

  1. I love It! Diversity at its finest. My daughter and I captured tomato horn worms last year and fed them until the to the cocoon and ultimately the grey hawk moth stage. What wonder was in her eyes watching the emergence of the moth! Your wasp reminded me that one of the hornworms had what appeared to be tiny cylindrical marshmallows growing from its skin. It sat dormant….in about a week, tiny wasps filled the container which had hatched from the “marshmallows” amazing.. within a few hours, suddenly the hornworm sprang to life. After some research, like your friend you shared, the hornworm was the host and was merely sedated… off it went with a few marshmallows shaped battle scars. Life, so amazing

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing such a delightful adventure, Ray. It was such a wonderful gift for you to share this creative learning experience with your daughter. Life is so amazing, and it’s so important for children to have a change to witness the wonder. Sending my best wishes, dear friend. ❤

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  2. This spoke to me today:-) This is where I am in my life. I had a similar experience this summer with a hummingbird. I found it on my porch. I was upset for they are too precious. I noticed some of them fighting the other day and I figured he lost the battle for space. It was sad. thank you for sharing and as always , Carol your words speak wisdom:-)

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    1. Hearing from you is always such a gift, Robbie. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience with the hummingbird. They are precious, but as you say, rather fierce and territorial. I also grieve every time I find dead birds or animals in my yard. It reminds me of all of the dysfunction in the world at present and the vulnerability of nature and wildlife. The little wasp helped rekindle my sense of wonder, though, an important counterbalance for sadness. Sending my best wishes to you. ❤


    1. Thank you for your kind words and blessings, David. I love the murals you noticed in your travels. 🙂 Beauty is all around, isn’t it, if we take the time to notice, Wishing you moments filled with beauty and peace. ❤


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