It definitely felt like the sun was setting on summer.
"These spiders produce venom that is harmless to humans, but helps to immobilize prey like flies, bees, and other flying insects that are caught in the web. The web of the garden spider contains a highly visible zigzagging X-shaped pattern called a stabilimentum. The exact function of the stabilimentum is unknown...," said a post about the spider on the National Wildlife Federation's website.
"A male seeks out a female and courts her by plucking at her web ... Females usually die in the first hard frost after mating. If temperatures prevent this, females may live several years, but males usually die after mating," the post added.
They seemed to be everywhere. Wood asters, New England asters, calico asters and more displayed their showy blossoms.
Last Saturday I spotted a hummingbird flitting around, but the feeders remained empty of the flying jewels. Most of them have headed south already.
The black gum tree was the first to provide a little red color.
However, they were pretty much right on cue and showed up one day last week. Sadly their numbers seemed to be down from the flocks I had observed in years past.
The gum trees weren't the only ones dropping food.
This was Kyle and Kennedy's effort in futility for the season.
Captured were squirrels, coyotes, foxes, deer and more preparing for fall.
Some of the neighborhood herd watched as Sherman tried to track them without bothering to look up.
Below is a slideshow of more of the colors of late summer.