It has been a good, long weekend for reflection and enjoyment at home. After the fast pace of commitments and meetings, it was time to relax and take in a few simple pleasures of everyday miracles.
|Great Blue Lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica|
|Yellow and Black Garden Spider|
Late summer and fall is an opportune time for spider watching. This is the largest Black and Yellow Garden Spider I have ever seen. A real-life drama occurred when a hapless bumblebee had the misfortune of flying smack-dab into this web. Quick as a flash, the spider leaped upon opportunity and gingerly passed a couple of wraps of silk around the wildly buzzing bumbler.
It patiently retreated until the bee had stilled and later, the spider returned to its prey to fully ensconce the bee in a shroud of silk. Next, it carried the bagged bumblebee to the larder, freeing the web for more activity.
Life and death, beauty and the beasts: it all goes on in your backyard.