Just a few minutes later a visitor appeared; a bird of prey taking a bath and enjoying the peaceful shelter of the arbor.
The solitary visitor was likely a red-tailed hawk a species that live in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.
Later that day, Adam encountered a different creature of prey, a juvenile mantis taking respite under the same Gracie Arbor. The mantis is considered by many to be a beneficial insect and a welcome visitor to the garden.
We love to see our sculptural trellises bringing together wildlife and art. Right in our own front yards.