Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

I’m huge

…compared to a spider.
A  Banded Argiope missing a hind leg. The grasshopper with the missing leg is still hanging out in the front garden too.  They are harmless like most spiders and  are capable of consuming insects up to twice their size.

More webs highlighted by fog.

A roller coaster of web…


Last day at Cannonsburg State Game Area….


22 responses

  1. I love all of the photographs but the second last one is spec. Your title made me think you had suddenly developed a weight problem – Ha!
    Great post Melissa – thx

    September 17, 2012 at 7:00 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Julie! I did start working and my workout time is limited so I do feel as if I’m about to have a weight problem. (:

      September 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  2. As always awesome photos! i love the tree photo looking up. so cool. Where are you going to run now that it is closed for the season???

    September 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

    • melissakoski

      I’ve been running in Seidman whenever I can. I miss my bike trail though!

      September 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  3. Another fine collection of photos, Melissa. I, too, like the photo of the trees, where you are looking up. :-)

    September 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Bob (: I often run that way too and am blessed not to have tripped and broken my neck yet!

      September 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  4. These are awesome, Melissa! Just like the previous comments, I like the trees too. They look like giants looking down on you :)

    September 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Gracie. It’s an area so full of beauty!

      September 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  5. louisva

    It seems that everyone likes the picture looking up into the pines. Add me to that list. I also love the last pic with the deciduous (red maple?). The one with the barn gets some raves – now the spider webs -love the intricacies of the webs but have you ever run into one before you saw it? Starting this time of year in Virginia, carry a waving stick in front of you while walking. They even build webs overnight across door openings. YUCK!!!!!!

    September 17, 2012 at 9:53 am

    • melissakoski

      Louis I run through spider webs many mornings on the trails. I only go into the tall grass where these ones are when I can see them so I avoid destruction. (:

      September 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

  6. Great shots Melissa! Looks like you are getting some moisture there. We had a little bit last week but now it’s dried up. I like the web shots and of course….the trees. :)

    September 17, 2012 at 11:41 am

    • melissakoski

      Oh Leah I hope you guys catch a break. It’s been a dry dry year. Thank you for your kind words!

      September 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

  7. Stunning light! Love ’em, as always!!

    September 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Lisa! Hope you’re well and in the full swing of the school year.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  8. Love the photos, and I am loving this cool weather we’re getting now :)

    September 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Linda. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m missing those tropic days. Fall is my favorite season though!

      September 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  9. wow! you have such a great eye to catch something like those trees, sistuh!

    September 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thank you my dear brutha… great eye…lack of focus…. either way it works out nicely. (:

      September 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  10. When I was little my siblings and I called those kinds of spiders “Banana Spiders” they used to make their webs all over our back porch, Anyways, your photos are beyond beautiful and I wish I was as talented as you!

    September 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Nate. I feel the same regarding your talent for hilarious writing! (for the love, I even misspelled “hilarious” typing that..I give up on writing) Banana spiders because of the color? I’d never seen them until a few years ago.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  11. I wanna be on that roller coaster!

    September 28, 2012 at 11:15 pm

  12. Even though you post spider pics :), I have nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award because your photos are a feast for the eyes. If you’d like to participate, go to for details. Thanks for your great work!

    October 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm


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