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.