Whim of the Week – 48

The burden of parenthood…

On a lovely little hike today I came across this spider carrying what looked like a dirty hairball on her back. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be her brood! Apparently it’s common for wolf spider females to carry their egg sack, and also the young spiders once hatched, around on their abdomen and back. Amazing! Wolf spiders are called that way because they actively hunt for prey rather than spin a web and then just sit and wait. I can certainly relate to these more active types, but this kind of dedicated parenthood is not for me… 😉

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Here’s another critter I came across today that carries a heavy load on its back. This seems to be a more permanent fixture though. Also notice the little fly on top of the shell trying to hitch a ride. Guess he’d be quicker just flying where-ever he needs to go!

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On this particular hike I also visited a beautiful limestone cave. Always a pleasure to see one of those. Below is just one of the bizarre “sculptures” inside the cave. You can also view all the pics from today’s hike (including more pics from inside the cave).

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Mother Nature remains impressive and inspiring. And, of course, whimsical too…


whimsical (adj.): Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason. Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way. (Source: The Free Dictionary)

In an effort to continue looking at the bright side of life in these worrying times, the Whim of the Week series features sometimes funny or unusual, sometimes beautiful or inspiring, but generally whimsical observations I happen to capture on camera during my wanderings around the world.