Monday, August 08, 2011

Hot and Heavy

This summer heat and humidity has meant that I can go outside and just stand in the shade and within minutes sweat starts to trickle down my temple and into my eyes and ears.  Really.  I have showered so many times a day that I am worried I may start growing fungus all over!

Then, as I am pulling three foot weeds (which are now growing a foot a day) and deadheading flower blossoms (which bloom in the morning, sigh with limp petals in mid-day and begin to drop crispy petals by late afternoon), I have to be careful or I encounter these yellow fellows below.  I have destroyed a few of their webs unintentionally.  They build the strongest and largest capture units I have ever seen and there is nothing more breathtaking than getting some sticky web across your face or in your hair while you are focused on something else!  This garden tenant was really this large!


GOTCHA!

11 comments:

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

That's a female black & yellow Argiope, a type of orb spider. Nice pic!

TSannie said...

Beautiful!

Brian Miller said...

pretty spider...love the markings...see a lot of them with all the hiking i do with kids...and def catch a few in the face....

SueAnn said...

Gorgeous spider. I am always amazed and how beautiful their webs are. And how quickly they craft them!
Great shot
Hugs
SueAnn

Peruby said...

Actually that big! Peruby shivers.

NanU said...

wow - great spider. Don't let it eat the cat.
The only wildlife going wild in my yard these days are the ants. Nests piled a foot high! Need to get out there with a rake and watch their frenzy.

Granny Annie said...

Excellent, excellent photograph of your garden visitor.

2 Tramps said...

Beautiful spider - hard for me to admit... I remember similar spiders from my childhood. Now it is just black widows and other sneaky hiding arachnids here.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh --how I hate spiders (even the 'good' ones)... I saw your picture (great picture by the way) and had a chill... ha

It's been a hot summer here also--but it's a little better now... George waters our roses almost EVERY day or so --unless we have had a good rain.. Roses need alot of water.
Hugs,
Betsy

kerrdelune said...

WOW, Tabor, this orb weaver photo is gorgeous!

Hilary said...

Excellent shot. I'm not a lover of spiders but I sure can appreciate the beauty in this guy.