All photos taken by Jim :)
I always have to take a closer look …
Top one is some kind of social spider – I spotted at least 4-5 (females?) living in that one cobweb seen in the first photo – Like a little arachnid apartment complex! Pretty sure the bottom one is a silver garden orbweaver. The criss-cross strands of silk you see is called the stabilimentum (great vocab word, no?).
Burs: the price you pay for being a little adventurous. But hey, I’d rather have a few of these stuck to my pants than fire ant bites on my toes.
I had plans to take a better self portrait shot after work … but I became distracted by some spiders and got stuck in the rain trying to photograph them. Hence the soaked Sasha in picture number two.
I accidentally charred a plastic cap in the combustion oven … it may or may not have set off fire alarms in the entire building.
On the plus side, my day ended with a lovely spectrum of soil extracts and on the walk to my carI spotted the sun attempting to peek out from behind an enormous cloud.