Big Bertha's Adventures

The Summer of 2007—the Season of the Spider!


My neighbor knows I like spiders.  In fact, she found a spider in her yard and threw it over the fence to my yard—because she knew I’d appreciate the ‘guest.’

That is how I had a ‘pet’ garden spider in the summer of 2007.

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This spider set up its new home along the corner of my dining room window.  It worked out great because I’d come home and open the blinds.  As I sat and ate dinner I could watch the spider having its dinner.

Usually the spider’s dinner consisted of pesky grub worms that ‘happened’ to end up in its web.  I will spare you from those gory photos… Ok, maybe just one photo…

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One day when I returned home I spotted a dragonfly caught in the web.  For all the garden spiders I’ve had, I have never noticed a dragonfly in a spider’s web before.  I prefer grub worms get mysteriously caught in the web—not harmless and interesting looking dragonflies.

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Every summer there’s a well-fed spider… there’s also an egg sack!

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I’ve always wanted to observe the momentous occasion when the spiders emerge but usually by the time I arrive upon the scene, the egg sack is empty.  But the Summer of 2007 was finally the year.  Admittedly, the photo is horrible but that was before I had Big Bertha (My Canon EOS 5D Mark II).  I contend any photo is better than not having any.

Big Bertha's Adventures

Tips:
Recognize the wonder and beauty of nature. Capture it with your camera.

Camera:  DSC-H2
Date:  August 2007

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