It was still cool and wet when we first came out into the garden this morning.
It had been raining again overnight, and drops of rain still clung to every surface.
I came out with the camera to explore the new Hibiscus flowers which had opened.
And as we padded silently around the garden, my partner drew my attention to one tiny creature after another.
It looked as though they were still asleep, resting peacefully in the spots they had chosen last night.
First a lizard, and then a butterfly slumbered on while we took their photos.
The bees were not so peaceful.
They were already busily gathering nectar and pollen from the thousands of Hibiscus blossoms open to their approach.
In fact, we laughed to watch the bees fly into the very blossoms I was photographing while I framed and focused each shot.
It was as if they were little camera hogs- like young teens who push into as many photos as possible with waggling fingers and wide grins.
Some of the bumblies were already white powder covered scavengers, greedily gathering more and more of the largesse of the garden.
Our garden was alive this morning with creatures large and small.
The only one missing was the cat. He had chosen to stake out his position in a sunny spot on the deck, aloof from the activity below.
All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014