Dressed for Fall

The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.

~Alexander Pope

There he goes, in his long russet surtout, sweeping down yonder gravel-walk, beneath the trees, like a yellow leaf in autumn wafted along by a fitful gust of wind.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(a golden orb weaver spider hides within its home / Troup Co, Georgia / Julie Cook / 2014)

Wandering, Seeing, Discovering. . .
A heavily wooded path leads nowhere in particular
Hickory nuts fall, bouncing off leaf and limb as gravity works its magic

A flash of movement
the rustling of leaves
a single deer darts across the path, vanishing before being seen

Brilliant sunlight dances magically on invisible suspended threads
Stretching ornately from one limb to another
Delicate and seemingly fragile–concentric with deadly appeal

Dressed in Autumn’s finest shades
yellow, orange, magenta
she wears a dazzling display offset by the leaves she calls home

Hidden from sight, eschewing direct observation
She waits and watches
Has someone come knocking?

8 comments on “Dressed for Fall

  1. And you don’t like spiders. What a great photo and lovely poem! Yes, she waited and you found her. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

    • Yes well, I wan’t thrilled. There we were, Gregory poking around on the edge of a small field in the middle of his hunting land. He was trying to find a little trail leading back into the woods when right across the way he was wanting to go was a giant web stretched across the opening—this time of year the orb spiders, which are as big as a quarter or bigger, hang suspended on every path, trail and even on my porch at home. I stopped dead in my tracks before walking face first into the web! Looking carefully I saw her perched to the side snugged up against the leaf—and I have to admit, she was actually really quite pretty—-prettier then the others which tend to be a solid orange brown color—big, scary and creepy—but I did take a liking to this one—-she was a bit festive 🙂 but only at a safe distance—but they still creep me out to no end!!!!
      I’ve been known to bat the ones here at the house with a broom form their perch then run immediately– in the house–oooooo

      • Oh I hate walking into their webs and don’t want to get too close to them either, but I’ve become very attached to our “Charlotte” who has been around all summer. And up close she is big and pretty creepy so I do keep a safe distance or I might feel compelled to swat at her with a broom. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  2. lljostes says:

    Sorry to say I stomped on the spider I found in the bathroom yesterday. It looked like a brown recluse–not pretty at all! But I do admire the lovely garden spiders that build their webs on our deck or on our eaves. And you’re right, observing them from afar is the most comfortable spot! 🙂 Thanks for the lovely photo, quotes and observation today! Blessings~ Laura

  3. How cool, great photo!! 🙂

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