|Female Golden Silk Orbweave Spider|
Since I'm in the park with little to do today, I decided to try making crock pot 16 Bean Soup. I usually add some kind of sausage; this time it is Kielbasa. Either my crock pot is hotter than most or the cooking time in the recipe I used is wrong - it said 8 hours on low, and it was done in around 5. Of course an advantage of being single & a day with nothing to do is dinner can be anytime! So I now have a couple of freezer trays of somewhat mushy bean soup and an early dinner.
I did go for a hike while the beans were cooking & found a large spider. I'm not all that fond of them, but I do enjoy photographing them. For anyone interested, I looked it up and believe it is a female Golden Silk Orbweave. One of the biggest spiders I've ever seen (about 3" across), and the web was right across the trail. If I hadn't been paying attention, I would have walked right into it!
I also found a very distant Egret and took a lousy photo, a bunch of girdled trees, and a dead Cicada (yes, I posed it!) Not sure why the trees were girdled, but when I stopped by the ranger office to ask, no one was there. The rest of the photos are on today's LakeshoreImages Page.
This is a very laid back park, very quiet, but nice people. I met a Tai Chi Instructor who gives lessons at the dock here in the park. If interested, he has a Facebook page.
The rest of the day was mostly spent reading.
Till Tomorrow -