Sunday, August 31, 2008

It's Autumn - - Official!

"Here we have Autumn Mist," I wrote in an email this morning. "Soon it'll be the spiders' webs."

Then I looked out of the window.

They're everywhere, all over the trees and bushes:

Here's a closer look at the traditional and beautiful Orb Web:

and if you would like to make one, click here for full instructions!

Here's different kind of web, on the bushes by our garage:

And finally, here she is, the spinner of the orb web, waiting for a fly to come along and twang one of the strands:

So, folks, it's officially Autumn in England: season of mists and mellow fruitfulness as old John Keats put it.

I think we're all still waiting for summer, for golden bucket-and-spade seaside days, for the feel of the sun on our skin.

Maybe next year.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Autumn is my favourite season so I'm glad it's here. Mist also hanging over London. Battersea Power station looked amazing this morning as I headed back out of the city having been to the gym. It was cloaked in a heavy mist sitting their ominously on the banks of the Thames. I didn't have my camera, unfortunately.

I liked your spider web photos.

12:03 pm  
Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

Undoubtedly an Indian summer will blossom shortly because I am back to work tomorrow t- hen those spiders will be regretting the webs they hve spun too soon.

5:37 pm  
Blogger Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Daphne, these are stunning photographs. I love seeing the beauty of nature. Feeling a little sad about autumn though.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I think you clicked over from Rhymeswithplague, yes? I'm almost certain I've seen you comment there.

Ultimately, I think I agree with your comment about perfection. I didn't want to be too assertive in the way I wrote my post because I thought it was best to let readers live with the tension of what the passage might mean rather than try to persuade them of my final conclusion. It's been very interesting reading the comments. I enjoyed your participation in the discussion.

1:34 am  
Blogger mutikonka said...

And right on cue, after long months of chilly southern hemisphere winter weather, the temperature today was just one notch higher. Still cool, but you could feel the change in the air. Here comes the summer ... and about time too.

12:20 pm  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

Beautiful! But also "Oh, dear!" because Yellow Swordfish may freak out if he happens to see this post. Check out his blog today, if you haven't already.

2:52 pm  
Blogger Laura Willows said...

It's funny you should be writing about Autumn today 0 my sentiments exactly! We weren't really expecting summer though, were we?

5:05 pm  
Blogger The Birdwatcher said...

Great photos. We never really make summer here in Derbyshire, we do autumn and winter, with lots of grey.

5:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, those are gorgeous photographs! It's not always easy to get a good shot of a web, either!

Interesting link! I thought I was going to see a crochet pattern! LOL!

8:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm fine with this actually. I appreciate a good photo and these spiders are not moving....

9:10 pm  

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