A face-full of spider webs as I hunt for a carpet of mushrooms confirms fall's arrival.
This banded spider, weaving away on a rhododendron, was kind enough to pose for photos.
On Saturday I volunteered with the TWL in preparation for the Harvest Fair. Bart and I moved about five truck loads of brush from one side of the farm to another — Bart on the tractor, I loading with the pitchfork. In the process we unearthed at least half-a-dozen mice, a baby frog and a newt — the eyes of a newt must have been the influence for Gollum's. I really found the eyes mesmerizing — it's no wonder so many magic potions call for their inclusion, they are other-wordly.
Unfortunately, the rain kept the camera under cover and I only managed the two weak shots.
If you're coming out to the Fair look for me driving one of the tractors or pressing cider. Enjoy!