Sometimes you’re the predator, sometimes you’re the prey…
I walked around a small reconstructed cabin at Fort Ridgley state park wanting to peer in the windows at the back and see what the interior looked like.
In the process I almost stepped on a leopard frog sitting in the grass near the sidewalk. The frog jumped to the base of the cabin, scaring a grasshopper (that I presume had been sitting on the sidewalk) to jump higher on the wall to avoid the frog.
But then I noticed a “pack” of garter snakes creeping toward the corner of the cabin near the frog.
Local Minnesota photographer Paul Sundberg captured just such an event on a recent canoe trip in the Boundary Waters when he spied a garter snake engulfing an American Toad. Once consumed, the toad made quite a large bulge in the snake’s body.
Sometimes you’re the predator — sometimes you’re the meal! And so on up the food chain.