~~~ you have had the warning in the title of this short post. It contains images of a tiny spider. Read on, and peek, at your peril ~~~
I will take a moment to clarify, for those of you who don't know, I am arachnophobic, so I do go to great extremes of bravery to capture pictures of spiders, and sometimes the barrier of a lens between me and the creature helps immensely!
For some of us, Summer simply never made the grade ~ we had a total of possibly five days where we broke the 70 degree mark and even hit 80 degrees, but for the most Summer stayed in a comfortable low 60's, or an uncomfortably chilly mid 50's ~~~ nothing we can do, what we get is what we have to put up with ~~~ still ~~~
The next few days are going to be unseasonably stormy with forecast winds of in excess of fifty miles an hour, with some very heavy rain, and generally miserable days for the poor holiday makers who have come here for our beautiful sandy beaches and stunning coastal walks. It is not often I have to apply Winter Storage Mode to the garden in August, but this morning I had to scurry around putting under cover anything that could blow over, or away, in the coming days ~~~Sighs~~~
While I was emptying a bin of garden waste that had been set to one side to dry, I saw two tiny blue balls, with a soft, fuzzy, felt~like texture, suspended between the drying brambles. What were they? They were very tiny, only about 4mm in diameter, and quite a bright, almost duck egg blue, so they stood out against the drying foliage. Upon closer investigation, I found the tiniest of spiders clinging on to one and straight away I realised these tiny blue spheres are egg sacks. I have never seen the like before. The spider itself is also rather "cute" in the loosest sense of the word, as it is bright green with some orange markings ~~~
So, if you've read this far, you are probably going to look, so here they are ~~~
I hope you braved the tiny spider and are as fascinated as I am!
Until next time ~~~