Garden Spinners

Hail and well met, dear friends!


I made a new garden spider friend at the arboretum, yesterday! As such, this is as much a PSA as an environmental observation: Be careful walking the paths today. The spiders are busy at work.

Species like this lovely critter often have webs across thoroughfares (i.e. across pathways). Much of the time, if you spot the spider or web center, you can follow the support strands to their connect points. Garden spiders like this one may attack if threatened, but are not poisonous. If you're mobile and limber enough, try ducking under or stepping over the webs. Otherwise, you might be able to relocate the side strands. Just be sure to tell your spider friend what you're doing. They appreciate it and are less likely to be mad if they know you're not trying to destroy their house.

Spiders are highly intelligent beings who are connected to fate and humanity’s place in the cosmos in many cultures, world-wide. They are often the weavers of potential and spinners of possibility. In this mythos, it is understood that with their 8 eyes and legs, they can weave faster and see clearer, the end result. In reality, spiders twnd to have rather poor eyesight, though have excellent hearing and scent abilities.

Spiders come in a myriad of shapes, colors, nad sizes, but are oftwn beneficial to the garden’s ecosystem. These garden spiders are lovely and often construct expansive webs across their territory.

Make sure you’re observant, while walking the paths, or you may end up with bits of web across your glasses, much like I did as a child.

Take care, and till next time,

This is Kate, signing off.