Within one stretch of road, I found these three large spider webs! They are a sure sign that fall is on the way........for some reason known only to Mother Nature, these spiders KNOW when the season turns and it's time for them to start with what we call the "spider months".......being usually the beginning of September. So this year they're about three weeks early.
.........this web had torn loose some at the left/top section, but be sure to left-click on this picture to enlarge it and see the thousands of tiny dew drops all along the "architecture"! The hole means something flew into the web during the night and probably fed the spider. Yuck. I have arachnaphobia and cannot look at spiders. Not even pictures of spiders. Much less get close enough to kill one.......I don't bother them unless they get in the house. Then they're dead meat. But usually DH has to come smash them before I faint or the cats eat them...............
I was lucky on this day's walk to find all three webs empty of their occupants, or I wouldn't have been able to take the photos. We had oodles of black widows in the yard when I was small, and our parents killing them and clearing our toys left in the yard every morning before we could go out to play evidently stuck somewhere in my brain cells and never left!
Spiders eat mosquitoes and other insects we don't like; and I certainly admire their artsy webs, but I always give them a wide berth (and love my telephoto camera lens!)