Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Waiting Game

Out by the garden, the young black cherry tree was waiting for warmer temps and lengthening days to trigger leaf out and flowering.

Up in the young cherry tree, the tent caterpillars were waiting for the cherry tree to leaf out and flower, so they could hatch and feed.

Somewhere in my woods, the yellow-billed cuckoo has been waiting on the tent worm caterpillars to do just that.

Inside the garden, the blueberry bushes have also waited patiently for warmer, longer days. Winter was a quiet time for them and now that the wait is over, they can bloom ... and then wait for the bees who have been waiting for their buds to open.

I'm waiting for blueberries to form and ripen.

High in a blueberry bush, the egg sack of the female golden orb weaver spider who guarded this blueberry patch last summer is securely fastened with gold silk.

The female spider who made it is long dead now, but inside are hundreds of tiny spider eggs.



pablo said...

Nicely done, FC.

Deb said...

"Winter was"...?

It's still in the present tense here.

Good writing.

valown said...

After reading this I'm looking forward to my wild blueberry dessert after lunches in the field a short time from now. I hadn't thought about that until reading your post, but now can't wait.

SophieMae said...

I just discovered a new (to me) blueberry bush the other day and was so happy to see all the buds! We don't seem to have as many tent caterpillars as usual this year. Maybe the're hiding over in the overgrown section.

Cathy said...

I've never seen a golden orb spider sack. Great eyes. Great writing.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

What are those eggs waiting for? For you to squish them in your fingers? I sure hope they're not good for anything (but I suspect they are).

Floridacracker said...

Thanks Pablo!

In truth, there should still be a little winter left here, but it's mostly over. I was sweating in the yard today.

blueberries ... mmmmmmmm.

It's neat the way the tentcats begin just as the bud out happens.

I love to hear that ... "I've never seen ..."

Good for bug control and for giving me the heebie jeebies if I get to close.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the spider up-date FC! I can always count on you! LOL!

Floridacracker said...

They're waiting for you!