Monday, August 24, 2009

I Almost Missed Christmas!

Most mornings I step off the back porch and cut diagonally across the yard to go to the barn. This morning I walked straight down to the driveway - cup of coffee in one hand and a past prime tomato for the chickens in the other. As I walked past the leaning evergreen tree (that I am driving past in the previous post) I noticed all sorts of hay stuck in its branches, hanging just like tinsel on a Christmas tree.



My first thought was (keep in mind that was my first cup of coffee) did some sort of wind blow all that up there? Oh yeah, 200 bales of orchard grass/alfalfa mixed hay brushed through here over the weekend.



These two trees makes me smile. In my 'everything needs to be in a straight line and orderly' sort of world, I would not want this leaning tree wonking things up. However, it's a tree and therefore a friend and it can stay as long as it wants. It's grown that way to compensate for its neighbor's growth and I'd love to know how old these two are.



And no good Christmas tree would be without ornaments. This one is no exception - intricate spiderwebs fill its branches.

I love trying to capture spider webs. I love to watch the spiders create them. There is an opportunistic spider hanging out on our porch right now. Every night she builds an elaborate web right next to one of the lights.



It's always a beautiful web, bigger than a large dinner plate. I've taken to leaving the light off until her web is complete, as within seconds after it's been turned on, she has more dinner "guests" than she handle. Well, maybe not. She's incredibly fast, zooming from place to place, wrapping each insect within seconds, much like a calf roper at a rodeo.



"Wheee - what a ride!"

13 comments:

lisa said...

Very nice pictures, I love the trees! Spider web is nice also!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I like those two trees, too. They seem to get along really well, though it might be nice of the deciduous tree if she moved over a little bit, too. Compromise is a good thing. lol!
Good capture of the spiderweb.

~Lisa

Sherri said...

Wonderful post. I felt as though I was walking with you...

Michelle said...

Excellent web shots!

Ed said...

Hay tinsle, cool! Love the spider web...:-)

Alice said...

The tree tinsel will be an early gift for the birds to make a nest with. That spider has it all over us when it comes to order, precision and straight lines in making that web. Great shots!

patchworkfibers said...

I love the leaning tree :-)

moresecretwhispers said...

these photos are great i love them all!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

makes me think of Charlotte's Web, and I just loved Charlotte. My parents reared me to respect all critters, we always tried to help out the toads, spiders, etc.

flowerweaver said...

Great observation! Trees definitely have body language. I remember a house in my old neighborhood where the people fought all the time and the trees were all leaning away from the house!

Love the spiderweb shots. It's fun to look for the close up details for Macro Monday. It really helps to be near sighted!

WildBlack said...

I was walking with you...with a cup of coffee in my hand too.:D(not for me maybe ur second cup! lol!) :)
I love it when you narrate..so lively! :) Cool pictures always adds the feel to it!

DayPhoto said...

Your photos are webby nice! I enjoy the thought that that spider really does have it all figured out. And you let her continue to have the spot by the light. Now what are you going to do with all the babies?

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Dana and Daisy said...

perhaps the tree is not crooked, just the patch of earth below it? lol!

love, Dana and Daisy

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