About eight hours after I originally noticed the spider in its cocoon, the spider has emerged and is now tending to the sack on the outside on the curtain. Note how the yellow bundle inside the sack is more noticible in this image.
Something drew me toward the sheer drape hanging in my closet this morning. For some reason I went into the back corner of the closet where there is a window that is almost entirely covered by a large wardrobe to move the sheer and glance out the window. Then I noticed that there was a fold in the drape that was stuck together for some reason. As I pulled it apart there was a crackly noise that sounded like a thin sticky paper which was stuck together by gum or something. When I examined the material up close I discovered that there was a spider inside moving around, and she had a yellow sack of eggs in the cocoon. Even though I had pulled apart the drape where it had stuck together, there wasn't a clear opening in the little cocoon. It was a very strong protective place. It made me wonder, how long would the spider stay there in its little space. How long does it take for the egg to hatch? Does the spider go without food during this time? So many questions.
There was no other reason for me to look at the drape than just to notice this little wonder today. I love these little discoveries, and I am grateful for the wonder of the LIFE surrounding me. And you too... The joy of life is there for us all to appreciate as we are present in the NOW.
One morning a few weeks ago around 7:00 am there was a raven that was making persistent calls for about 20 minutes while I lay in bed. After getting up, I looked out back door window to find a raccoon wandering around on my back patio. I was surprised to see him still out now that it was light out. The raven was dive bombing the raccoon, telling him that it was time to go home to his daytime resting place. The sounds continued for another fifteen minutes as the bird followed the raccoon from my house across the street to the neighbor's house. I was quite amazed at how the bird followed the raccoon, and continued to harass him as he made his way down the street.
This evening around 7:00 pm, there was again the persistent calling of a raven outside. Remembering the event from a few weeks ago, I wondered if it again meant that there was a raccoon in the neighborhood. I looked out my back door and found a young blonde colored raccoon on my patio. He was carefully placing his paws on the ground feeling for peanuts in the bird seed that had fallen to the ground. I had about a handful of peanuts in the shell handy that I feed to the squirrels, so I grabbed them and went to sit on my back steps. I gently threw the peanuts toward him one by one. He continued to carefully feel for the peanuts on the ground, only this time he had to remove the shells before he could eat them. A couple of times he decided he wanted to take the peanut in the shell and play with in the water fountain first. This is familiar behavior that I have seen with raccoons in my moms back yard. They like to play with their food in the water. While I sat there, the bird continued to call for a while, but then eventually flew off.
Now I know the call of the raven communicating that a raccoon is in the neighborhood wasn't just a one time occurrence. Keep your eyes and ears open. The calls of the raven around dusk or dawn have meaning. You just have to listen and notice what is going on around on the ground.
Can't get enough lavender? I already bought some fresh bunches at the farmers market a few weeks ago. Attending the festivals is the way to go. There, you can immerse yourself in the fields and soak up the aroma from the blooms bursting forth in the sun. You can cut the flowers fresh and bring them home to enjoy. After enjoying the flowers for a week or so, then you can hang them to dry, and then place them back in the vases as dried flowers.
Here are all the festivals this year in case you want to plan a world tour.
Learn state-of-the-art techniques for capturing bird sounds, guided by experts at the annual Sound Recording Workshop offered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The course will be held at San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus in the spectacular surroundings of the eastern foothills of California’s northern Sierra Nevada mountains from June 7 to 14, 2008.
The workshop will include lectures, discussions, and daily field recording sessions. Participants will learn how to effectively handle a portable field recording system to make scientifically accurate recordings of bird vocalizations. Discover how to conquer wind, how a roadbed can help overcome the sound of a rushing stream, and why placing a microphone on the ground is sometimes the best strategy. There is also an introduction to the science of sound analysis which converts sound waves into visual images called spectrograms. With signal analysis it’s possible to visualize a bird song note by note.
I was captivated by the small indentations in the water around each delicate leg of this skeeter bug. It was a lovely experience just to watch him swimming around on top of the pond water. Similarly, I have deep appreciation for the beauty of this creature's small habitat. Look at the colorful needles of the redwood trees that have become submerged in the water being reflected by the light of the sun. The space was so peaceful and serene that one could become immersed within the environment and loose complete track of time outside this space.