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Since going through chemo, I have had issues with my hands. Not only do I have neuropathy, but tremors, or shaking, too. This makes taking photos, especially macro shots, hard to do. I gave it a go the other day and wanted to share with you some of the photos I took.

The center of a clematis

The center of a clematis

Galardia

Galardia

A very tiny spider on coreopsis

A very tiny spider on coreopsis

Russian sage

Russian sage

Artemesia

Artemesia

Water from a sprinkler

Water from a sprinkler

The top of a red hot poker

The top of a red hot poker

Weedicus Unknownicus

Weedicus Unknownicus

Spirea blossoms

Spirea blossoms

Out of the 175 photos I took that day, these were the best. I am hoping that eventually my hands will stop shaking. Thanks for dropping by today and be well… ^..^

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Yesterday I discovered when looking at one of the lovely blossoms in my garden something that did not look right. Upon closer examination I discovered a new species of spider that I have not seen here before. This is on the lovely little yellow flowers of a flower that I cannot quite remember the name of due to chemo brain! If it comes to me as I add photos I will let you know the name…So, check out this pretty little spider that is so perfectly camouflaged that it most likely saves its life and provides it with dinner!

I have researched and think that the name of this spider is Misumenoides formosipes. Frightening name but to me it is a beautiful yellow spider on my coreposis! I remembered the name of the flower! Wahoo!

Check this little guy out! Tell me, is it not a beautiful spider?

My first sight of the spider!

My first sight of the spider!

I think this spider is the Misumeoides Formosipes. I am giving this a common name: The Yellow Spider!

Misumenoides formosipe

Misumenoides formosipe

And, here are the other photos I took while this little guy ran away from me!

Does it see me?

Does it see me?

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Is that leg a pincher?

Is that leg a pincher?

What an amazing spider, isn’t it? And, as the heat came up today it disappeared. I am really happy that this new spider showed himself to me and that I can share this with you!

This morning I go off for what is hopefully my last chemo treatment. I have to admit that I am not looking forward to this treatment due to the side effects. I am, however, grateful that I do not have it as bad as others, but it is still uncomfortable. I most likely will not be doing any posts for a couple of days.

One of the things that I should mention is that with the chemo treatments I have been having neuropathy in my hands and now in my big toes. Neuropathy is the loss of feeling in the fingers and toes. At least mine is not as bad as it could be. What I have just written took me about an hour to write this post as I have to keep re-typing.

So, I will be on hiatus for a couple of days due to the chemo. I wish you the best and that you be well! Thank you for sticking with me through all of this, and thank you for visiting with me today!

Again — be well! ^..^

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Spider webs are pretty amazing structures. So are the spiders too! A lot of folks are afraid of these little critters, but they do help us out! They eat other bugs, such as those pesky flies, and benefit us by doing so. At the winery I have two spiders in my window which I leave alone as they minimize the number of fruit flies in my office. I thought that today I would share these two spiders with you and let you in on something that I discovered about these spiders!

Here is a Daddy Long Legs that is in the corner of the window sill in my office.

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs

This is one of the most poisonous of spiders. Their structure however does not lend to them lowering themselves to bite you! It was with this spider that I made a discovery about spiders: They shed their skins and legs much like a snake or lizard! On my windowsill in the web hangs the remains of a sloughed off body!
The old

The old

The other spider on my sill is a totally different spider than the Daddy Long Legs. I am not sure of the name of this one, but here is a photo of this little missy with her sloughed off body on the right.

A weaver

A weaver

We leave the webs on our front deck where we have our evening cocktail so that they can trap those pesky flies! I was amazed at the structures of these webs. Here is a shot of one web that actually has a tube rising up from the base!

The tube

The tube

Around the base it resembles a bowl.

The bowl

The bowl

Amazing structures and a beneficial insect!

Thank you for the visit today, and have a splendid Saturday!

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Beautiful, black and totally hairy! This is the time of year when the tarantulas march. Popular belief is that this is a migration. In actuality is the male tarantula seeking the company a beautiful hairy female. And, guess what I spotted in my yard? You got it!

Tarantula

On the march

Check out the segments in the legs

Up close

The females live in burrows in the ground, and can be seen as a whole in the ground with webbing around the opening. If the female is not happy with the male that shows up, she will kill and eat the male. But she might just do that with the one she decides to bed down with! The males only live a few years and the females can live for up to 20 years!

If you live where these beauties march, keep your eyes peeled! This march will continue through November in some areas!

Happy Friday!

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