Sunday, February 18, 2007
Year of the Pig begins
I took this shot of a squeaky pig toy that sits on a fence post in my garden. He's been sitting there for years, since the dog rejected him as unentertaining. The black/brown deposit on top is air pollution, probably largely comprised of jet exhaust that rains down on us from the flight path overhead. The deposit has been of course getting thicker and darker as the years go by. And, there's been literally no rain this winter to wash any off so this spring it's particularly crusty and dark. I take the occasional picture to document the process of buildup on the garden pig, and because I am fond of the pig.
Notice the jumping spider (Phiddipus audax) lurking alongside the pig's jowl. This is the spider's lair, then, protected by plastic pork and fence wood, and with a fresh supply of bees foraging in the wax flower overhead. It should be an auspicious year for this particular spider and its offspring.