Essays

Essay — Garden Pests

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Carpenter Country’s weekly dose-of-nature essays tend to reflect the beauty we see. That preference doesn’t mean we’re oblivious to other aspects of the natural world surrounding us, including those who recently turned the lush stand of four o’clocks into stalky skeletons of their former selves.

 

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The culprits were not difficult to find.

Among the tattered floral remains we discovered tent caterpillars eager to become moths

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and eastern lubber grasshoppers dedicated to producing another year’s infestation.

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Yet even among the destruction, beauty survived, including this wild poinsettia, lover of sunlight and drought.

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Do you see the world as it is?

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

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