Anti-Arbor Day

A beautiful example of an argiope spider makes its web in our walnut tree tonight.
A beautiful example of an argiope spider makes its web in our walnut tree tonight.

Tonight I worked at a chore that I routinely put off because it is so unpleasant, and unpleasant on several levels. The chore was the removal of about 20 volunteer trees that had grown up in the middle of Abby’s Rose-of-Sharon bushes that line our driveway. I find this unpleasant because I have to kill perfectly healthy trees, mostly elms, and because the foliage of the Rose-of-Sharon puts up quite a fight while I try to do this.

There are a couple of positive notes. The goats love elm, so I throw it over the back yard fence to them. Also, it’s a damn challenging workout, and it really gets my heart pumping.

After I was done, I walked around the patch with a camera, seeing what I could see. I ran into a huge, perfect argiope spider in its web on the walnut tree, but I had the wrong lens with me, so I scampered into the house and grabbed my 100mm, then scampered outside in time to catch the very last light on it.

Coal the goat stands on his hind legs to reach branches of trees I brought him and his brother Buxton from my tree-trimming adventure tonight.
Coal the goat stands on his hind legs to reach branches of trees I brought him and his brother Buxton from my tree-trimming adventure tonight.
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2 Comments

  1. “That looks like an ad for a Luxury Goat Resort.”

    I was about to chortle along with this comment, and then realized that there probably *are* luxury goat resorts. Probably in California.

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