Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Shades of Autumn






Autumn is my very favorite time of year. I love the colors, the sounds and the smells. Autumn is trying to sneak in around here. There is a change in the air, although it is hard to put into words just what that change is. It is like God has put a filter over everything. The temperatures are a bit cooler, although not chilly. The lighting is different. Some flowers are past blooming and others are starting. Goldenrod, Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed and others are blooming like crazy. The Queen Anne's Lace is withdrawing from the fields. The ragweed is still blooming, which is not a good thing for the allery sufferers.

You can sense the change in the garden as well. The corn stalks on the first planting are ready to be taken out of the garden and put into shocks for harvest decorating. The pumpkins are starting to turn orange as you can see above. The sunflowers are all starting to bow their heads and are dying out, leaving seeds for humans and birds to snack on. The bees are working feverishly to gather in enough to get them through the coming colder months. There are lots of bumble bees this year. You can see one on the sunflower above.

The spider you see above is what we call a Garden spider. Some people call them Writing spiders. I don't know their real name. This one has been in a large web, just outside of my goatshed door. He has been there for weeks. This morning, I noticed the little sack you see in the last picture. I am not sure if it is an egg sack or if it was a large moth that got caught in his web and he wrapped it up. Once again, I am amazed by the creation of God. I don't know if you can see them in the picture, but there are all sorts of little webs attached to this sack to keep it suspended where it is. The sack itself is very remarkable. How did he know how to make it or even to make it at all? God.... That is the only answer. Praise the Lord, that He is a God of details. He gave us a book of instructions to read and learn from, but even a simple garden spider is given the knowledge within itself to do the things it needs to. If he looks after that spider, I KNOW He is watching over me. With that knowledge, I don't need to wrestle my way through life, but simply rest.

10 comments:

Moobear said...

I find myself getting a blessing each time I come here, it is just in the air and the music is so relaxing to the body while reading of the blessings you see in everything. I have noted in my blog lately how my little dog, Roxy, has taught me to appreciate so many little things as we walk. She is the only dog I have had that notices the butterflies, the gnats, those annoying mosquitos, birds, airplanes and oft times I have no idea what she has found. Thank you for your refreshing site and your kind visit to my little world.
I have a son that now lives in Ohio! God is good.

God Bless!

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Moobear said...

oops, sowwy..the letters are getting too hard, must I quit commenting?

Songshepherd said...

I love the pumpkin!! Oh, I too love fall. It is my favorite season. the crisp cool air, fresh apples right and the beautiful foilage!
Patricia

Kelli said...

Beautiful pumpkin!! Fall is my favorite season too.

Kelli

Clara....in TN said...

Enjoyed your post today Marci. It's good to be alive and enjoy the beauty of God's creation.

Marci said...

It sure is good to be alive Clara. A year ago, I had only been home from the hospital for a couple of days after almost dying. My dear sweet Mom was coming each day to take care of me. Now she is gone. So much has changed in a year.

Lady_MSnow said...

Marci...I remember all to well what your family went through last year with you being sick. Praise the Lord that all is well now. I too love Autumn. It is my favorite time of year!

Jthemilker said...

I like that you captured the garden spider among your photos. I just did tht myself recently... What a refreshing post! Thanks for changing my focus today. God bless.

Tina Leigh said...

Marci...I think we may be kin!!