Kickin' back, musing, observing, and gathering inspiration from the hills of East Tennessee.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Cross Orb Weaver
This guy (or gal) built its web by the side of our back door the other day. Now he's moved it to in front of the rear deck hummingbird feeder (we haven't seen a hummingbird there all day so the one that occupied that feeder may have moved on now.), although it may be a different spider (but same species) than the other one. This is a Cross Orb Weaver. The spider's name is explained by its puzzling method of making its web. It makes an irregular orb, crossing back between the spokes, as though it frequently changes its mind as to which direction it wants to go! Very interesting critter.
Rabbits cookin' coffee -- that's what the locals call it. But here in this little hollow in East Tennessee, when the hills surrender their misty hostage to reveal the stalwart cedars growing by the stream in our pasture, I know there is no place on earth I would rather be. The welcome mat is out! Come and sit on the porch and chat with me awhile!