This kind of recalls a passage from Structural Stability and Morphogenesis by Rene Thom, p. 296:
In the last analysis, whence can life on our planet come but from the continuous flux of energy from the sun? The solar photons arriving in contact with the soil and seas are immediately stopped, and their energy abruptly degraded into heat; in this way the discontinuity of the earth and water surface is also a shock wave, a cliff down which the negentropy of the sun's rays falls. Now, life can be considered as some kind of underground erosion of this cliff, smoothing out the discontinuity; a plant, for example is nothing but an upheaval of the earth toward the light, and the ramified structure of its stem and root is the same as that found when a stream of water erodes a cliff and produces a mound of debris. Plastids, veritable photon traps, are the miniscule orifices where this subterranean circulation begins. The energy stored in the noble form of chemical energy begins its slow decline. It flows underneath the cliff like a fluid, and its circulation echoes the inverted pyramid of the ecology of living beings. Each living species is a structurally stable singularity, a chreod of this circulation. As in hydrodynamics the energy of a turbulant regime flows from lower-frequency oscillations toward higher frequencies, finishing in thermal chaos, so in life those with slower metabolism (plants) are the prey of the faster-metabolizing (animals).