We share many things, this Dutch Iris and I
Both tall and slender, bask in warming weather
Country of heritage by name together
Blue edged with gold in the iris of my eye
In a list of the top 10 creepiest things, I am fairly certain most people would add insects and arachnids. This photo of the brilliantly-colored Venusta Orchard Spider immediately came to my mind when I saw this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy from The Daily Post. I had the unfortunate luck to walk right into this creature’s elaborate work and subsequently acquire her as a passenger. Caught between panic at her proximity and awe at her beautiful colors, I froze for several long moments. My brain slowly regained its reasoning functions and finally decided it was completely unnecessary to hurt the creature for my blunder. Using a stick, I very carefully removed her from my shirt and coaxed her back onto a tree her webbing had been attached to. When she didn’t immediately skitter off, it seemed like a good idea to get some photos of this stunning, if creepy, acquaintance and was pleased with the results. It was rather more difficult than I first imagined it would be to try and capture her iridescent colors and delicate shapes, but it was well worth the effort I think.
Near a small, untended apple orchard, there are a few thriving Autumn Olive trees. This was approximately a month ago, just before the pale yellow flowers had started to open. These trees are named for their very small, edible, olive-shaped fruits that begin to appear in Autumn, and both the leaves and the fruits of the Autumn Olive trees are silvery-scaled, having a distinctive texture, shown below. I chose this springtime photo of the Autumn Olive for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season.