KS Spider

This gal has been spinning evening and morning webs in front of our house that are amazing.  Spanning more than 10 feet from porch to the nearest tree, she makes the 2-3′ web twice a day.  In-between, she rests in the flag holder on our porch.

The family says “kill her” sensing danger; however, I marvel at her work ethic and beauty.

She seemed to be sleeping this afternoon and allowed me to get close enough to her for a photo op.  What kind of spider is she?  And is that an egg sac above her?

She catches bugs.  She helps guard our house from invaders.  I believe I’ll keep her around.




Therapy, Essential Nature

Therapy (02):

It’s been an interesting weekend.  I haven’t gotten out much; instead, I’ve been working inside the apartment, doing all the things I have to do to keep myself fed, clothed, healthy, and relatively happy.  But the other side of the equation is the endless stream of homework that I am digesting.

So when I had enough of looking at whiteboards and equations, I decided I needed to get outside.  And more than just five minutes on the porch.  So I went to the Petersburg National Battlefield and did a walkabout/driveabout.  It was sublime today–about 66F with a very light breeze.  And the lighting was even better.  As I smelled and breathed the air, I was refreshed.  As I looked at the colors and communed with Nature, I was renewed.  Thoreau was so very aware of the essential quality to Nature:

“THIS IS A delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore. I go and come with a strange liberty in Nature, a part of herself. As I walk along the stony shore of the pond in my shirt-sleeves, though it is cool as well as cloudy and windy, and I see nothing special to attract me, all the elements are unusually congenial to me. The bullfrogs trump to usher in the night, and the note of the whip-poor-will is borne on the rippling wind from over the water. Sympathy with the fluttering alder and poplar leaves almost takes away my breath; yet, like the lake, my serenity is rippled but not ruffled.” (Link / Citation) (Thoreau, 5.  “Solitude”)

Now the bounty.  These show a sliver of what I experienced today.  I have more photos of the “battle” aspect of the battlefield; those I will post tomorrow.  No need to have weapons of war among this set.

What a wonderful day it was, outside today; full of wonder.

At last!

I have to admit that I’ve been a bit disappointed and frustrated with my move.  I’ve not been grading papers (thankfully), but my general schedule has changed in such a way that I’m not looking at things in the same way at the traditional times.  And my location leaves me with a uncharacteristic pessimism.

Wrapping up a long day of studying and Khan Academy, I glance outside and see something that I’ve not seen in over a month.  It’s a warm (maybe hot) glow of magma.  I step out onto my porch to survey the time–have I missed it?  Do I have time?  I grab my D300 and make it downstairs and outside in time to catch these.

I shot until it was over–until the magma turned to embers.  Then I came back to the apartment to process.  I’d not been this excited in awhile; shoot and then process immediately.

While I’m at it, I’ll post a photo of some vultures (?) that I was not terribly excited to process or post.  But the sunset–that was worth every second tonight.  Thanks, Mother Nature!