Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

Buck and I almost walked straight into and through this beauty’s web late this afternoon when we walked to the gate.


The out-of-focus brown furriness on the other side of the web is Maggie. Click here for info on the exquisite Nephila clavipes from BugGuide. She is also known as the Golden Silk Orbweaver.

Today was a double treat. Buck was talking on the phone mid-morning as he and I worked at our side-by-side workspace in the Lodge. Suddenly, he stood up, craned his neck toward the front window and pointed at something moving at the edge of the woods.

“Mr. Westmark, did you get what I said?  Mr. Westmark?  Hello?”

“Oh, sorry, Mark. Got to go. I’ll call you back. Just saw a gopher tortoise.”

I already had my camera and was headed to the front door. Buck came with his binoculars.

IMG_2837 Any time a person is privileged to see one of these ancient, gentle herbivores, it is a good day. Click here to read more about gopherus polyphemous from the folks at gophertortoise.org.

0 thoughts on “The Exquisite and the Ancient

  1. mary lou says:

    I Love your postings on this old guy! or Gal… and that bug only has 6 legs so it is not a spider right? I did not know that anything else spun webs! WOW! She is pretty!


  2. mary lou says:

    OOPS!! Should have clicked before I commented. It IS a spider! teehee!


  3. Amazing markings on both creatures


  4. Walk says:

    What amazing creatures you run across on the Preserve. Maggie’s not too shabby either.


  5. Tipper says:

    Yay your back!! I’m all caught up on your posts-and enjoyed each of them. Great info about the pdf blog book-never heard of doing it that way. And kinda neat to know you were in my neck of the woods on Sept. 11th.
    Glad you tiptoed back in.


  6. deanna says:

    Beautiful spider and tortoise. Spiders make me shudder, especially when they skitter along my floor. But my son and I spotted some lovely purple ones out hiking. I tried to get the sort of picture you did and ended up with a blurry blob. Don’t know how to work the camera correctly; also I was probably shaking a tad.


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