Books and rain

While traveling, I took several books along with me to read. First book, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future by Benjamin Vogt. A book for today’s environment and every gardener should read.

Second, Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse by Dave Goulson. This is a just published book that is an eye opener on the troubling state of insects today. It is in the same vein as Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring. I highly recommend it.

What a wonderful rain yesterday! We ended up with 1.96 inches. Some of you got more and some less. But I think would all agree it was much needed!

It was dreary, but beautiful morning on our little prairie!

Spider webs were loaded down with the mist that still fell on our morning walk.

Orbweavers seem to be everywhere.

A snag finally succumbed to gravity.

Do you remember the orange sherbet shelf fungus? Slowly, it has darken with age.

An Orbweaver (Neoscona) laden with dew. Its web was strung across our path. However, we passed it by without undoing it web.

There was about a half dozen webs in the Indiangrass. A couple hours later, the spiders had took down the webs for the day.

The Meshweaver’s web had the droplets strung along its silk like Christmas lights.

The Funnel spider’s hole was easy to spot as well!

Here is our back pond. It did not fill up with yesterday’s rain. The rain just soaked in.

The Western Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona oaxacensis) snagged a June Beetle (Phyllophaga tristi)!

Front view!

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

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  1. Love the spider webs. Always feel guilty when i accidentally disturb one. Especially if spider winds up on face or in hair.

  2. What a great day to see spiders! We have a lot of jumping spiders but not nearly so many webbed ones in our yard yet. but I am glad to see predators. Means we must have some critters to eat??
    Thanks for book recommendations.

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