Sunday, July 29

A Naturewalk With the Huntsman

The children in our neighborhood came across a rather large spider yesterday.  They were keen to "squish" it, but I talked them out of it and put it into a large mason jar.  After a bit of research I determined that it was most likely a breed of Huntsman spider.

His leg span was wider than the mouth of the mason jar.

Doodle Bug wanted to keep the spider as a summer pet, much the way we had kept a pair of female wolf spiders last summer.  We had fed them crickets and watched as their eggs sacs hatched and their babies climbed on their backs.  We soon let them go into my mother's garden and they were on their merry way.  I decided that our Huntsman would not be comfortable in that situation due to his sheer size.

So this morning Doodle Bug and a friend went on a leisurely nature walk with me where we let the Huntsman go.

Doodle Bug saying goodbye.

Our Huntsman is a little hard to see, but he's the leggy grey blob in the grass.

We spent the rest of our walk exploring along side a creek near a cabin we spend the autumnal equinox at most years. We don't get out nearly often enough to do this stuff, living in town.  It was a happy afternoon.

Doodle Bug and his friend Jazmine conquering a stump.

Beautiful image of splintered wood.

The kids spent 20 minutes throwing rocks into the creek.

Doodle Bug throwing a dead branch in the creek.

The kids wasted no time.

Doodle Bug offers "peace".

We found a funnel web spider!

Doodle Bug peeking through a natural hole in an uprooted tree.

UPDATE 2017:

The Mama Stacey Clan has grown since 2011 and I now chase three children and huge dog all day.  We moved out to the country and now regularly hike in a gorgeous stretch of a Pennsylvania state forest.  It has been night and day for the kids.  They run, hop logs, pick flowers, skip stones, ruin their shoes, and sleep well at night. It has been phenomenal for my depression and anxiety, as well.  Fresh air, sunlight, green energy.  You can't bottle this, it has to be walked, inhaled, soaked up.  From my heart to yours, get outside! 

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