Little Pie (my 5-year-old daughter) had several titles for this one, including “The Bug Park,” and”Spider Dead,” but finally decided on “The Freaky House.” I kind of liked her first title, which was “Baby.”
I had a few minutes to dash over the few blocks to where my spider friend lives in a clematis vine and snap a quick shot (in what is now just a drizzling rain). I have to say I continue to be blown away when I realize how clever this spider is. While much of her web is destroyed, the core funnel of it is fine (even though it’s soaked), as it is nestled down safely beneath a thick bunch of leaves. She has her own umbrella! You can’t see her in the photograph, which shows the entrance to the funnel in the top left quadrant of the image beneath the leaf, but she’s in there. I saw her huddled down inside it, all big and leggy, just being her spider self. Hooray for her! I hope she’ll rebuild.