Zigging and Zagging

I love the zigzag web this spider makes.  The zigzag is call a stabilimentum and the web radiates out from it. The spider is the yellow garden spider (Argiop aurantia).  This one is probably a female as she is really large.  The spider eats bugs, as well as small green anoles and geckos.  I almost always have one on the potted plants next to the porch.


Garden Drama

All life is full of drama or what we like to call “the circle of life”.  These poor caterpillars had really bad timing and made their chrysalis right before a hard freeze.  The chrysalis dropped to the ground and dissolved.

If you can enlarge the photo, the spots on the butterfly wing can be seen.

Luckily, I was looking up before I walked into this scene.  The scary looking spider captured a meal that will probably last  for days.

Yes, in the circle of life every creature has to eat.  This predator is  hanging out near the bird feeder.  It will not be a good day for some poor bird.

Plants are major players in life’s drama, but sometimes it works to their advantage.  I call this plant raccoon grapes.  Raccoons love to eat the wild grapes that grow nearby and apparently like to relieve themselves while climbing up trees.  I often find raccoon scat at the base of my trees.  This process is definitely a win, win for the grape vine.  The seeds get moved to a new location to grow and the raccoon deposit the grapes right next to a tree for the vine to climb up.

A garden is just not a garden, it is full of life’s dramas.


This and That

DSC_0540Here are a snapshots taken with my cell phone while working in the garden this Autumn. The Green Rose (Rosa chinensis viridiflora)  is blooming.  The bush was suffering, but is now having a comeback.  The flowers smell like pepper.

DSC_0557A couple of Monarch caterpillars were spotted on the Butterfly Weed and a few Monarch butterflies have been floating through the garden.

IMG_3122Spider webs are everywhere in the garden, making it impossible to walk around without getting tangled in one.  I try to remind myself that it is just silk and hope the spider did not get in my hair.

IMG_3141The Sweet Olive’s scent has been almost overwhelming this year.  The sweet smell poured through the garden and over the house to the front yard.

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Big bees are everywhere.  Here is one on a Confederate Rose.  They are so busy that it is easy to photograph and watch them.

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I was finishing another chore, when I glanced down and saw all the seeds scattered from the wild ageratum.  Those were only the seeds that fell outside of the bed!  I guess that is why wildflowers/weeds do so well.  At least this blue ageratum is pretty.


Early Morning Jewels

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This time of year the sun is lower in the sky and spiders are spinning an abundance of webs.  That combination created a stunning jewel-like display this morning.