Sadly, the strange yellow flower (posted in an earlier dated entry of mine titled ‘Perseverance’ from July 16th) which had defied the odds and grew itself through the sidewalk cracks of a frequented community street, as I feared, no longer stands. I do not know if it had been removed and replanted by another who may have been just as fascinated by its growth as I was or, if it had been destroyed by nature, children, or someone who believed it to be nothing more than a weed or nuisance. This photo was taken 1 week after my initial entry and just a few days after, the flower had disappeared.
While sitting on the benches waiting for my daughters riding lessons, I couldn’t help but be distracted by some ants playing tug-of-war over a beetle’s dead carcass. At first, there were 3 two-toned ants against 1 red ant. The red ant was very persistent and took on multiple attacks and bites from the other 3 ants and went in to retreat mode several times, only to come back again and again for more. Finally, after several minutes of vicious attacks from the two-tones, the red ant waited for the rival ants to believe they were victorious until finally allowing the hauling duty of the dead beetle to be given to only one ant. After a clear path had been established by the hauler, away from the pack, the red ant finally came back once again to fight in a one on one tug-of-war. Another few minutes had passed with one taking control of the beetle back and forth until at last, the red ant had finally taken control and had gained enough ground away from the two toned ant group to give chase and they had ultimately given up.