Mother Nature, queen of all she sees…
Marbled Orbweaver, Araneus marmoreus
Not dangerous; the dogs found it clinging to the side of the house yesterday afternoon. So that’s what’s been spinning all those webs on the porch rails! Its bulbous body was approximately 18 mm across – HUGE.
We were walking along the Lily River when the dog stopped to sniff something on the path. I bent down to look… ahhhhh! A toad! Dog sniffed and walked away, thank goodness. I don’t think toads taste very good. I’m not sure what kind of toad he was since I don’t know much about toads, but a little research leads me to think Bufo Americanus. Isn’t Bufo a great name?
If a tree falls in the forest…..
This was too close for comfort. We stopped to write down a phone number from a sign, and 10 seconds later the tree fell a few feet in front of the car. Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mother nature was looking out for me that day!
It was a BIG tree.
This is in the National Forest in Forest County two weeks ago… yes, they have had snow. It was a lovely walk in the woods with the crunchy leaves and the dusting of snow on the evergreens and the golden tamarack. Some of the trees were 400 years old!
And some of the trees were very big. See those black gloves flapping on either side of the trunk?
Lovely Lily in the fall.
Golden flames of Tamarack.
And speaking of old and big… Zoey is a year old already, and about as large as she is going to get (14 pounds wringing wet). She thinks she is big and mean, though, and is quite willing to take on any pit bull in the neighborhood. Try as we might, we cannot disabuse her of the notion!
So I have been tiptoeing around blogland, dropping in and reading, and tiptoeing out again. Forgive me, all of my friends, for not commenting. I have been saving my typing fingers for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). I did a very sorry job of it last year, and promised myself better output this year. I am working on a sequel to a young adult fantasy completed this past summer (I wasn’t just lazing around in Bali!). That completed manuscript is in the hands of an editor of a publishing company right now. I anxiously await her verdict, though I suspect it will be a while.