I was out in the backyard this evening, filling the bird feeder and being disgusted with the number of mole and gopher mounds, runs, and just torn up places in the yard from them. This poor plant below has lasted through an amazing number of blights this summer. This part of the flower garden gets the same amount of water as the rest but is always excessively dry. I'm theorizing that perhaps there is a giant mole den beneath it and the water just drains away. But then if that were the case, there wouldn't be a mole den there, would there?
I keep pulling this weed out of the middle of the rose moss and it just keeps growing back.
So I noticed that on top of everything else, a mole had made a run all the way around the plant. I was pushing the dirt down with my feet and a crawling critter made it's way to the top of the plant away from my stomping shoe.
You can barely see it there in the midst of the pathetic looking flower--a wolf spider covered with babies. I've never seen this before--my sister has horror stories about them but I've missed out. And I'll say, I'm so glad I saw this outside and not in the house!
Warning--I really want you to get the horrifying and fascinating aspect of this natural phenomenon so I've cropped and enlarged the spider.
If you don't like close up creepy crawly pictures you'd better stop now!
I tried to warn you! Isn't that just horrifying? And yet fascinating at the same time!
Here's the loving mother from the front.
My skin is crawling from enhancing these pictures! My feet itch, my hair is creepy feeling and I'm grossed out.
Yet so amazed at the things that God created. Every creature has a part to play in the world.
Even ticks and bed bugs.
(Are you itchy yet???)