Yesterday evening, as we were drivng home from the restaurant, I decided to stop and turn on the drip hoses that I had setup around the fledgling hibiscus plants that I recently planted at my studio. I inadvertantly turned on the sprinkler first in the front raised bed before correcting. As we drove away I spotted a web in between the hydrangeas that was glistening in the sunlight due to the little bit of water and hollered out " there's a HUGE black spider in the middle of that web!" "I need to get my camera and get a shot of that for I heart macro sunday!"
So I got the camera and my husband and I walked back to the studio and sure enough, he was still there, busily wrapping some poor unfortunate critter.
I have no idea what type of spider this is but he is about 3 inches long with incredible color and markings.
My husband said growing up in North Carolina they called these ABC spiders because they could sometimes see a letter in the web.
W, X, Y Z maybe.
It will make me think twice about just hopping in the middle of that garden to move the sprinkler and weed I'll tell you!
Right next to the web, I have this beautiful plant blooming. I can't remember the name but will find out because I would like to plant one at my house. It is growing about 3 feet tall with thick wide burgundy and green leaves much like an amaryllis. The flowers come up on big thick stalks from the center and look like a pineapple before opening. From a distance all i used to see was white but upon close inspection they are full of color.
It has been so nice to focus on the beauty all around us, even this week with everything else that is going on, it did my heart good to change my perspective and go macro.
I would like to thank everyone for their comments and well wishes, i will respond individually as soon as I can and will hope to catch up with blog reading too.
I will try to post later today with the updates on the reno but things are definitely looking up and we hope to reopen this weds, Aug 3rd.
Now head on over to Studio waterstones to enjoy all the rest of the macro goodness in the world!