“A Sign of Autumn”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The wheel of time keeps turning. It is not only that the days are getting shorter that tells us summer is slowly coming to an end, but it is also the angle of the sun that hints to us that autumn isn’t too far off. Even though it is still very warm, it seems that more signs are showing that the hot weather won’t last forever. One which I have noticed is the appearance of more and more spider and their webs. While we always have a few little spiders out and about year round, come autumn, they really are all over the garden.
One of the ones that caught my eye while I was fertilizing the roses for the last time this year was a spiny orb spider.
I almost walked right into this web but was able to stop just inches away. I always try to avoid tearing spider’s webs because it makes me feel so bad. They work so hard to get their web up and usually something rips it, so I don’t want to add to their trouble.
There are also a great many orb weaver spiders with orange bellies around, but I never could get near enough to take a photo. I know that soon the big yellow orb weavers will show up. Those are the ones that make huge webs that make the garden look like Halloween.
I love to go out early on an autumn morning and look at all the webs covered with dew. When the sun hits them they are so gorgeous. We have a lot of spider webs in the garden on the north side of our house. I think this must be a fairly protected area from the wind. There is the house on one side and a stand of bamboo on the other. Usually the webs are found in the azaleas near the house or strung along the bamboo. I guess it won’t be too very long before all the autumn spiders start adorning bushes and trees with their lovely weavings. It is hard to believe that summer is just about over.