Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cutting Grass Today

This is the pump house on Mr. H's parents' property. If you look on the wall without the door, about a third of the way back, a quarter of the way down, there is a little dark spot. I noticed it as I went by it on the tractor. I hadn't seen one in a long time. It's an Argiope aurantia: a garden spider. I could tell by her size that this was a female. I knew I had to come back later to take her picture.

well... several pictures.

While I was at it, I took some pictures of Mr. H on his ride. He's sitting on the Wheel Horse, pulling the offset mower that he and his dad built. Sr. Mr. H was a welder in the Navy and build the deck. It's got three blades and cuts a 5 foot path. The Wheel Horse cuts 3 feet, so together, they have an 8 foot cutting path.

And then there's my old blue tractor.


  1. I CANNOT believe you made pictures of a spider!!! That thing is tooooo creepy. Never would I. Give me a snake over a spider any day.

  2. She's pretty :)

    That does not mean I don't get the heebies when I see one...but I respect them, and hope they don't jump on me!

  3. I nave never seen one of these out of her web.

  4. I had one of these on a window at a house one time and she was HUGE. I named her Charlotte and would go see her every day.

  5. When we lived in Virginia, one built a web between the house and A/C unit. If I caught a cricket in the house, I would go throw it into her web.