Monday, October 28, 2013

Faver-Dykes State Park, FL, Day 2

Female Golden Silk Orbweave Spider
Monday, October 28, 2013, Faver-Dykes State Park, FL, Day 2 - 0 miles, 1951.7 For the Trip

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 -


  1. I love the name of that park, since I Faver-Dykes, too. [I also like beans.]

  2. The spider is gorgeous! What a web it must spin.

  3. They are huge webs, 6' - 8' across. I've seen a couple more here in Florida - they must be popular (although not so much with me!)