Our front-door spider scrunches up in a corner during the day.
Spider’s hiding place
There’s a lot of dark specks and stuff, but the dark blob in the corner is the spider. Even up close it’s hard to tell what it is.
When it starts to get dark, the spider comes out.
Slowly I turned
Here it is in the vertex of its ragged web.
I had thought spiders (at least some spiders) repaired their webs every night, but apparently this web still works OK. It’s not really this dark, but the flash completely overwhelms the background here.
And here it is, up close and personal.
A little too close for comfort
It looks prickly. Not too inviting to pet.
Zoe thinks he can’t be seen.
Zoe and the fern
I took the fern down to water it and he thought it would make a nice, cool place to spend some time on a hot afternoon.
Mark needs to restain the deck here. Zeke and one of the dogs we have found new homes for did some racing around on the walkway a couple of years ago and they managed to scratch a lot of the stain off.
I have had to wave a stick in front of my face when I walk the dogs into the woods lately. It’s not to ward off lions, although it seems to do that, but to keep the spider webs off my face. I see big, old wolf spiders running across the driveway. They aren’t quite big enough to hunt cats yet, but I almost expect to hear their footsteps as they run. I see their eight tiny eyes glinting in the beam of my flashlight when I take the dogs for their last walk of the evening. They seem to be everywhere now.
A few days ago we discovered that a spider had woven its web right outside our front door. Of course we discovered it by running into it.
Spidey outside the door
I misted the web with our cat corrector, but it’s really hard to photograph a spiderweb with a bright background. Here it is from the other direction. Not much better here.
Watch your head
You can tell that it’s right at head height as we come out the door. I’m going to ask it to clean the boards around our front door during the day when it’s usually inactive.
Another spider recently started its web between the high posts at the end of our front walk, where we mounted the gate that was supposed to keep Zeke on the walk, but which he climbs to chase foxes. You can see the tops of the posts in the first picture. That web is high, but there are some anchor lines that run down right where we walk.
Having to pull invisible spider webs off of your face is a little annoying, but I like having the spiders around anyway.
Some sunrises are dramatic and some are not. This morning’s was not dramatic, but it was nice.
Tuesday morning’s sunrise
The fog was not as thick down in the valley as in the previous post, but there was some there. It was 68 up on the mountain when we got up. When I drove down into the lowlands, it was 64, a nice inversion. Inversions with fairly high humidity are self limiting, because radiation fog tends to form when the air cools enough. The temperature can’t drop much more once the fog forms.
There was nothing unusual about the weather yesterday or this morning. It was partly cloudy last night, and humid. It must have been clear enough to get a good inversion, because there was a thick, uniform layer of fog over the low areas.
Low fog bank
This was about as flat-topped a fog bank I have seen from up on the mountain. The cloud visible against the mountain in the distance is a layer of thinner, less uniform cloud just on top of the fog.