I just purchased a new lens and took it outside to do a few quick test shots. The yard is starting to wind down as fall approaches. The leaves are showing some fall changes and the flowers are mostly closed up. I went out to the last of the lavender blooms to take some close ups of what was left. The lavender had a few bees left so I took a few shots. I then came inside to download the test shots to my iPad. During editing I noticed a bee in a strange position. As I looked closer I could see a praying mantis! It had just grabbed the bee! I rushed out with a zoom lens and took the other shots. Talk about one in a million shot. Nature can be so beautiful, and so vicious. Hopefully tonight I can get some night photos with a little less “eat or be eaten” vibe.