Every season there comes a time when I'm compelled to lie on my ample belly and discover what's happening in the garden at ground level.
Much of the activity goes unseen as we walk by occasionally glancing down.
There's beauty, adventure and mystery hidden right before our eyes.
Even weeds or plants we don't grow for their flowers can look beautiful under close inspection.
Before the frost hits, take a minute to see what's happening down low in your garden.
A yellow jacket hangs on sideways to a plant early in the morning. Now you can see why they are so painful. First they will grab on with those mandibles and then start stinging over and over again. Photos by Doug Oster
A bumblebee spent the night on a dahlia. The bee is covered in yellow pollen.
This fascinating little bug is only a quarter inch long and was happy to sit for a portrait.
I think this is an aphid inside a red dahlia.
Can you see the little white insect with red eyes in this photo of a dahlia bud? I didn't even know it was there when I shot the picture.
Uncovered seed begins to germinate.