Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Will you step into my parlor?

Female goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia)
Lovely things, these early pages in August, the lambent mornings with their high, clear light and gossamer clouds from here to there.

There are a few cicadas singing in the garden, but not quite as many there were a week or two ago. I collect the mortal husks of those who have expired and inter them in a corner of the garden. It is something I do every year, saying thanks as I tuck them lovingly into the good dark earth with an old teaspoon.

August brings heavy dews, and a little after dawn, our roses are dappled with moisture and glistening. Several blooms are being used by spiders like this female goldenrod spider to hide and pounce on unsuspecting beetles and flies. The little dears can have all the Japanese beetles they want.