Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. As the stranglehold of summer begins to wane, I always feel lighter and more creative. Walks are longer. I dig out my boots, my long sweater jackets and my scarves. There’s a chill in the air at night and an entire month of all things spooky and haunted. Everything smells like home and family–pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Even Nature takes the time to celebrate. The trees transform but not without putting on a show. The breeze picks up, swirling reds, yellows and oranges all around.
Autumn is magic.
One of my favorite Autumn pastimes is to find and photograph little gems like the one shown on the right from last year. I began my quest a couple weeks ago, but now that it’s officially Autumn it will become a semi-daily occurrence.
If you follow me on Instagram you won’t miss a single leaf!
More Autumn Posts:
Inktober! (coming next week!)
Scariest Book I Ever Read (coming soon!)
My 2015 Halloween Decorations (coming soon!)
Art ~ What Lies Beneath (coming soon!)
Let’s make one thing clear.
I DO NOT LIKE SPIDERS.
As a child I had night terrors, as well as nightmares where I would wake and still be partly dreaming. I would hallucinate-dream spiders crawling all over my bed. Thousands of them. I still vividly remember those images. It’s no wonder I developed a phobia. There have been a few instances where my phobia has embarrassed me horribly, like the time I walked into an orb weaver’s web and threw myself to the ground screaming and rolling around as if I was on fire. Yeah. Not my finest moment, though I can laugh about it now. I’ve never sought help for my phobia, nor do I plan to, but I have tried to ease the anxiety and fear over the years with my own self-directed CBT (cognitive behavior therapy). I can now say, with complete honesty, I have a favorite spider. Here he is:
Spiny-backed Orb Weavers are between 3 and 9 mm across, males being on the smaller side. I’ve been photographing them each September for the last three years. I use a macro lens on my phone, but I still have to get within a few millimeters to capture the perfect shot. It’s an anxiety producing experience. The first year I screamed in our backyard when the wind blew the web toward my phone! But, each year it gets easier, which means my CBT is working.
I look forward to these little spiders every year now. Who knew one day I’d have a favorite spider.