|Destroyed by unseen predators
From the looks of what was left of this particular tree in a ravine just a couple of blocks away from the house, it didn't work. The beetles came, and they ate and ate and ate, leaving no surviving ash trees in their wake.
It was a sobering moment for me and my daughter as we walked along the path and captured the scene in photos. Life doesn't always follow the intended path, and even if you take every precaution imaginable you won't always win the battle.
Your turn: This week's Thematic theme is "patterns". Oddly, the patterns left by these destructive beetles are somehow mesmerizing, and I'm guessing there are lots of other patterns - both in nature and not - out there just begging for a picture or two. So here's the deal: Grab a picture of something that supports the patterns theme, then post it to your blog or website. Leave a comment here letting folks know where to find it. Visit other participants and feel free to share more photos through the week. For more background on how Thematic works, head here. Thanks, and have fun with it!