Early Autumn Oddities

September 25th, 2008

Is it really Autumn already?  I’m not sure where the time went, but there are many changes now with the days growing shorter.  The weather this year has been so strange, but the bees really appreciate all the moisture.  They’re all over the goldenrod and small wild asters now, hopefully building up their stores of honey and pollen for winter.

But look at this blooming crabapple tree!  It flowered in the Spring and has many little crabapples now, but then began blooming again this week.   I think the leaves were defoliated from insect damage and that prompted it to flower once more.

Crabapple tree flowering in September

Other strange sights include this gigantic mushroom.  I saw a white patch behind the barn and thought I lost a plastic grocery bag.  As I got closer I couldn’t believe how big it was!  So that’s a regular white straw cowboy hat near the monster fungus.  Anybody know what it is?  I’ve noted many other smaller mushrooms around now too.

Giant mushroom next to cowboy hat

And if you’re an arachnophobe, then you might want to skip to the next picture!  I think this is a Missouri Wolf Spider (Geolycosa missouriensis), but I’m not really sure.  Any spider experts out there?  All I know is it was almost two inches long and was strolling along the gravel driveway when I walked up to it.  Those rocks are chunks of one inch clean gravel recently spread on top of the driveway.  I let the spider continue its journey toward some bushes and I think it growled at me as it wandered off!

Missouri Wolf Spider


And here’s a colorized picture of a beautiful rose taken at dawn yesterday.  The sun had just risen in the background, and the rose was in the shade.  A little creative license helped to brighten the picture.  Have a great day!

Colorized rose in morning sunlight

4 Responses to “Early Autumn Oddities”

  1. I HATE spiders. Generally if they leave me alone I leave them alone provided they aren’t inside the house. Then they are dead spiders.

    I’ve noticed a few crabapple trees up here blooming. I was thinking maybe it had to do with the plenty of moisture and spring like temperatures. I’ve sure been enjoying this weather.

  2. That’s one good-sized arachnid. I don’t think I’ve seen one that big (other than one wild tarantula, once.)


  3. The Mrs. hates spiders too… why do they elicit such emotion? Some innate thing inside us perhaps, or maybe because they catch their prey… and a wild tarantula? I’ve always wanted to see one… from a distance mind you!

  4. I don’t know why. I even admit that my fear is irrational since I’ve never even been bitten by a spider. The ones inside really bother me because all I can think about is having one crawl across my face in the middle of the night. That is why they see the bottom of a sized thirteen up close and personal inside the house where they probably do more good than harm eating bugs and things. If someone could cure me of my fear without sticking me in a box full of them for a day, I would do so.

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