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October 22, 2013 / Rae Spencer

Turning Colder (Arachnophobia Alert!)

Mantis Sept 30

The yard is getting colder and colder, though it’s not cold enough, yet, to use the word winter. In fact, it’s a stretch to use the word cold.

Finch Oct 2

Maybe brisk is a better word. Except, nothing feels brisk. Instead everything feels sleepy and slow. Spider webs ripple in smoke-tinged drafts, and wasps pause for photographs as if posing.

Spider Sept 30

Unknown Wasp Sept 27

Grubs curl sluggishly when disturbed, and I have to go slow with the mower because fall’s chill has dulled the toads’ reflexes.

Grub Oct 12

Toad Sept 1

Jumping spiders retreat higher and higher into trees, searching for safe crevices in which to spin their thick winter nests.

Spider Oct 2

It happens like this every year, and every year I succumb to a listless bout of melancholy.

Which reminds me of a poem by Kay Middleton…

O, October what have you done?

12 Comments

  1. Book Nanny / Oct 22 2013 6:26 PM

    Fabulous photos, Rae and many thanks for the link to that very haunting poem.

    • Rae Spencer / Oct 28 2013 4:39 PM

      Thanks! The poem is one of my all-time favorites.

  2. Jen Payne / Oct 22 2013 7:03 PM

    Wonderful photos! And a new poem to know!

  3. jeaniemac100 / Oct 22 2013 8:08 PM

    Rae, one of my all-time favorite poems! As you see, others love it, too. Thank you for posting it.

    • Rae Spencer / Oct 28 2013 4:41 PM

      Oh dear. I stole your phrase in my earlier response–the poem is one of my “all-time favorites” too!

  4. dmerickson / Oct 22 2013 11:55 PM

    amazing pictures!

  5. Fictionquest / Oct 23 2013 12:05 AM

    contrasting colors are perfection

  6. Jools / Oct 23 2013 6:01 AM

    Amazing photographs, Rae – you have quite a gift!

  7. Sandy Forte / Oct 25 2013 1:03 PM

    Touched by your words, your photos and by Kay’s poem. It’s one thing to talk of loss; it’s another thing to transmit it in an uplifting way by giving it shape, color and sound. When all you want to say is “yes.”

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