Monday, October 1, 2012

hallowed be thy moon & bones, fungi & spiders

2012.9.30  -  9pm
“Suddenly the day was gone, 
night came out from under each tree and spread.”   
~Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

my favorite time of year.
the month with my favorite holiday!

on the 1st of october...skeletons, skulls, goblins, spiders, and other creatures of the night...
start to appear on shelves, counter tops, on the mantel, 
and creeping across the floor...of our home.

some bargain with me to stay out all year long.

it's that time of year to reflect. to remember those who have passed.
out with the old...move on...start anew.
autumn to winter.  the cool crisp clear air.  
the fiery hues of leaves...falling & crunching under foot...leaving behind skeleton trees.
i get energized. rejuvenated.

to welcome october
i thought a little spiders, fungi, bones & the full moon would be about right!

ALL the spiders & fungi were spotted here...around our home...
outside that is!


oh, i know, some of you stopping by don't care for spiders.
don't worry...they can't jump off the screen at you...
and crawl up your face...into your hair.

at least i don't think so!!

Redfemured Spotted Orb Weaver
Neoscona domiciliorum

the underside of the Eriophora ravilla Orb Weaver   (twinkle lights on porch year round)

Golden Silk Orbweaver (Nephila clavipes)

snake bones found yesterday on the side of the road
while we were out on the 4-wheeler

Whitebanded Fishing Spider (Dolomedes albineus)

Yellow Garden Orbweaver (Argiope aurantia)

and one more full moon from last night to bring on october!
8:54pm    2012.9.30

stay cool.  be safe.


  1. OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, Laura, I'm up there.......................I love it all, especially the spiders, but, be aware...............

  2. Laura, I also love this month AND Halloween. I teach 2nd grade, so I get to enjoy it kid style at work. Love the fungi!

  3. Mushrooms and Spiders, OH MY!

    Very nice, Laura.


  4. I just scroll quickly past the spiders--LOL! But I LOVE your moon shots and the fungi. Enjoy this wonderful October. Can feel it in the air up here--fall--snow in the future. ;)

    1. i'm jealous!! SNOW!! i want some! we might just have to take a ride up to NC before the winter's over!!

    2. I saw that moon out my window last night...I took a pic of it this morning when it was still hanging in the sky.

      We'll see if it came out, the G12 isn't great at the moon pics.

    3. i have a canon powershot sx120. i think the trick with moon pic' to set it on the least amount of light.

  5. Oh you got some interesting mushrooms (and spiders).
    I love this time of year for all of the gorgeous autumn colours. :)

  6. Great spider shots and LOVE the MOON shot with the leaves in front of it ..... excellent!
    Cool Fungi as well :)

  7. you are gonna love this month! i'm gonna love your posts. :)

  8. talking of spiders - I pulled a dead one out of my handbag in the office today....ummm wonder what that says about me..... Happy Harvest Moon X

  9. Magical. Especially the larger shots of the mushroom tops. That is absolutely cool. You have some really unique spiders and things growing around your place. I am looking forward to the month of October and hope you also have things to enjoy this month.....I may be inspired to make pumpkin cookies for my birder friends.

  10. great photos ...Happy Haunting October .....xx

  11. oh my word Laura, you certainly had fun putting this post together.
    What an amazing lot of oooozing fungusy thingys you find too :D)

  12. I love the idea of night creeping out from under the trees...great quote.

  13. Happy October, Laura! I do not mind the spiders, some are kind of cool looking. but I do feel like something is crawling on me. It could be one of those nasty stink bugs. Do you have them? Great shots of the moon and I love all the mushrooms. The quote is great too, have a wonderful day!

  14. The spider pictures are awesome. Impressive as well the moon.
    Please have you all a good Tuesday.

  15. Amazingly Halloweenie . . . spiders, mushrooms, colors and all . . .

  16. Oh my gosh I'm scared half to death ;>).....(Actually, I like creepy crawlies and I LOVE those snake bones.) The fungi are wonderful around your place; it really does look like Fall (which I don't think of as typical Florida). So I'm really glad you showed this. I also like your reference to October being a month to remember those who have gone -- reminds me of the Mexican Day of the Dead which I always wished we celebrated.

  17. a suitably guoulish collection! well done. Love the fantastic fungi :)

  18. Wow! Those sure are some creepy spiders! Glad you are feeling so rejuvenated! This was a fun post!

  19. wow, you are having an amazing mushroom and spider season!
    i love mushrooms and you have some fabulous photos of them.
    lovely October to you!

  20. It appears you live in a place especially friendly to fuzzy, spooky and mossy. What amazing life lives there!

    Or, as Miranda said, "O wonder!
    How many goodly creatures are there here!"

  21. You have very cool yet some creepy things around you. I LIKE IT. Hugs B

  22. Loving the shot of the moon, Babe! No, your critters didn't jump out at me, but they still creep me out!...:)JP

  23. Laura you have some wonderful captures. I admit that I am not a fan of Halloween but I do put out a few autumn themed decorations and will add a few hanging ghost for the trick or treater's.

  24. The first mushrooms look like brains! And your spiders, as always, are pure stars ;-)

  25. It takes a special kind of person to appreciate October for what it is an not try to change it.
    Once again, great photos and so poetic.

  26. the fall with all his facets is one of the finest seasons .. there are always discovering something new .. very nice pictures you show us here in this post ... Moon in your pictures .. is any vampire or werewolf nervously;-)
    greetings Frank

  27. Wow, your fungi is unbelievable! That one group looks like little orange sherbet puffs, then, you have the red velvet cake drop 'shrooms. This is a fun post, and, the spiders are fascinating! Have a great weekend Laura. That white jelly-looking stuff is weird. See you soon!♥

  28. Love, love, love your photos. You have some of the most awesome fungi where you live. I love the redfemured spotted orb weaver, but the black and yellow argiope (argiope aurantia) is still my favorite spidey. Thanks for the great photos.


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