respect the gifted who are hidden

“Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? In fact…
It turns out that choices lead to habits.
Habits become talents.
Talents are labeled gifts.
You’re not born this way, you get this way.”

Seth Godin


(Green Lynx spider hiding amongst the chives / Julie Cook / 2019)

Those of you who know me, know I have an inordinate fear of spiders.
Yet…
that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a healthy respect for them
nor does that mean that I don’t give them credit where credit is due…

And so I was poking around in the yard yesterday…
Poking is about all I’ve done all summer because it’s just been too miserably hot
to do anything else.

We’ve had 78 days of temperatures on or above 90 degrees…
add to that very little to no rain.

Things are both dry and hot.
Normally this time of year our high temps are in the low 80’s…
But we seem to now enjoy an average of 95…
who knew?!

Note that the calendar tells us that it is mid-September…

Since it’s hot and dry, everything is sadly shriveling up.
Heck, I am shriveling up!
Air quality is poor, schools are canceling or rescheduling after school practice
times for sports…it’s just pretty much miserable and has been for months.

But this is Georgia, we’re used to hot, right?
Well yes and no.
This time of year we’re usually tasting small snippets of fall.
Yet there have been no snippets thus far this year…

So I’ve pretty much given up the fight for the yard.
The fight to water and keep things alive…
I water when absolutely necessary but I’m no longer fanatical about it…
What’s the point?!

So when I was checking out what was and what wasn’t living, I was inspecting a pot of chives.
The chives are going to seed and upon a closer inspection, I noticed that I was not the
only one checking out the chives.


(green lynx spider / Julie Cook / 2019)

The spider, a green lynx spider, had blended in so well, I barely saw him…or her…

And what a pretty spider it was…
However, I doubt the bee or fly the spider was dining on would agree…

They are amazing are they not…

If I can keep them at a safe distance, I’m good…

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens,
and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

Job 12:7-10

12 comments on “respect the gifted who are hidden

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Your artistry with the camera is amazing, I’m assuming you were using a telephoto lens.

  2. Tricia says:

    Cool pictures Julie! Spiders really are amazing, even the way they suck the life juice from their prey is something to behold. Yes, very icky too though, I agree!

  3. hatrack4 says:

    Beautiful pictures. I hope you get some relief with regard to the heat, since we’re north of you, we could use it too, but we’ve gotten plenty of rain. Everything is green. Odd, we usually get an Indian Summer about now or the first October when the grass goes from brown (due to the dryness and heat of August) back to green.

    • Beautiful in an odd way 😬
      But thank you Mark— Atlanta broke another record high today at 98—you know it’s bad when I bookmark Switzerland on my weather app and simply sigh 🥵

      • hatrack4 says:

        Yes, I came north mostly for the work, but I liked the cooler weather, four distinct seasons. But now Spring and Autumn have disappeared and lately there has been less snow. It reminds me of Mississippi when I was growing up, and Mississippi, like Atlanta, reminds me of the hottest days when I was growing up – all summer long.

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