Mornings have been steamy with mist and shimmering heat.
Most of the early summer birds have fallen silent, but the hummingbirds still zoom and whir around the front porch, tireless in their mock battles.
Mist billows up from Big Creek across the road;
The newly mowed front meadow is heavy with dew.
August is the month for spider webs.
Those draped on the nandina shrubs by the garden spiders [argiope aurantia] are quite visible.
Smaller spiders reel out their sticky silk in unexpected places.
There's nothing quite like walking into a spider's web as a beginning to my day!
An intricate web repaired overnight.
This is probably the largest web I've ever seen.
A close-up of the web, outlined in silvery dew.
Spider webs on the trellis which supports the clematis.
The garden spider rests in the center of her creation, deep in the tangle of mint and roses.
Dew shimmers on the whiskery petals of a cleome.
Morning glory clings to a honeysuckle vine.
At 8 A.M. the heat is already stifling, sucking color and freshness from the morning.
I lumber through my chores and return to the house, glad to shower and stay inside.