Found along the trail

This weekend we worked on our trail through the woods by clearing it of debris from recent storms.  Over the next few winters some carefully planned thinning of our little woods will be a productive endeavor!  Trees growing too closely together get thin and spindly, and they simply cannot hold themselves up in a wind.

More information on the above flora and fauna may be found by clicking on the links below:

False Coral Fungus ~ Tremellodendron pallidum

Spiny Orb Weaver ~ Gasteracantha cancriformis

Resurrection Fern ~ Polypodium polypodioides

Saturday Snapshots: little miss muffet ~ revised

This would have been Photo Friday, but other pressing matters came first.  Thank you for your patience with me as we return to our regularly scheduled programming…

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Little Miss Muffet

The Lady of Farmlet

(with apologies to Mother Goose)

The Lady of Farmlet

began her chores,

of feeding her chicken and geese.

When along came a spider,

that stopped there beside her,

resting and looking at peace.

The lady of Farmlet

not wishing to harm it,

leaned closer and heard it say:

“Dear Lady of Farmlet

I mean you no harm,

I’m tired and have lost my way.”

So the lady reached down,

picked up that three-inch spider,

and rehomed it straight away!

The End

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NOTICE:  When this rather large spider showed up beneath the water spout in back of the house I guess it thought it was auditioning for the part of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”   I broke it to the behemoth gently. 😉  I did not touch that Fishing Spider with my bare hands!  I coaxed it into a large can with a stick and then transported it to the back fence where, when last I saw it, it was resting comfortably in a patch of wild violets.

Want to know more about the Dolomedes tenebrosus, or Fishing Spider?  Look HERE