The fears and hopes that exist in one… may not at all be separate from what one is.
[Marbled Orb Weaver Spiders make spiraling orb webs built on low trees, shrubs, or grasses. Marbled Orb Weaver Spiders make a retreat in curled leaves or, if the web is on a tree, under bark. This one was in our yard near the river bank and was tough to photograph from its top side (i.e., dorsal side); its eyes are pretty good a seeing approaching visitors and it would quickly retreat into a curled leaf! However, I was better able to approach it in the evening! Notice how it is simultaneously spinning web and tightening web with separate legs! (I usually can’t do two things at once!)
Additional note: I will be posting more spiders (and similar creatures) in the Halloween month of October. It is neat that they are part of an old Halloween tradition (that is fun for kids). However, it is unfortunate that many children grow up associating spiders with “being frightened” and as “terrible creatures to be horrified of.” As the late, superb naturalist, Steve Irwin often propounded, spiders and snakes can indeed be seen to be majestic, marvelous animals, truly beautiful in their own ways. We must, as Steve Irwin so graciously suggested before his untimely passing, be far better caretakers of Mother Earth.]