Spiny Orb Weaver

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These little guys are everywhere right now – in the trees, draped on railings, strung from trees to cars….they aren’t big, as this photo suggests but are rather small.  Their web is a symphony with little tufts of silk strewn out along each major spoke of their web-wheel.  A macro lens allowed me to see the Halloween mask on its back, no doubt to frighten off predators.  The spider itself is tucked within the hard shell, coming out to re-weave broken threads or sup on a capture.  I’m no arachnophobe, instead rejoicing in their uniqueness and their benefits to our world.  Mind, they are not welcome in the house and are gently removed should I find them indoors.



Speaks to me…


The beauty of the trees,

the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass……speaks to me.


The summit of the mountain,

the thunder of the sky,

the rhythm of the sea…speaks to me.


The faintness of the stars,

the freshness of the morning,

the dewdrop on the flower…speaks to me.


The strength of fire,

the taste of salmon,

the trail of the sun,

and the life that never goes away,

they speak to me.


And my heart soars.

Poem:  Chief Dan George

Photo:  Nairn Beach, Scotland by moi