THE CYCLOPS SPIDER?

No, this isn’t a terribly good picture.  And the lack of scale here prevents the viewer from appreciating this spider’s immense size.  (They’re huge in Southwest Virginia.)

But I still like the way that mark on its back makes it look like a fanged orange cyclops in this picture, don’t you?

My best guess is that this is some variation of an orb weaver spider, but don’t hold me to that.

 

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Rainbow at Mill Mountain!!

This was the massive rainbow late yesterday afternoon in front of Mill Mountain. The video doesn’t do it justice. It was super-bright and it was gigantic.  It looked like it was hitting the ground just a few blocks away.

If you look carefully, you can see a second rainbow arc above it at right.

There was a pretty neat sunshower preceding it as well.

 

A hard rain’s gonna fall.

This is Peters Creek Road in Roanoke, VA, nearly becoming a creek itself last Monday.  Look at those sheets of rain pummel the asphalt.  Hey, everyone I spoke to was thrilled — the sudden storms brought a welcome drop in the temperature.

I swear that the storms here arrive and exit faster than their counterparts in New York. Maybe it has something to do with low-lying storm clouds funneling through the mountains?

Yeah, I like Hardee’s, what of it?