The summer drought

The drought continues... We need rain desperately, not just in New York City, but in most of New York State.
Yesterday, I found out that there was a wildfire ravaging the Minnewaska State Preserve in upstate NY.

So far, 30 acres of land have been scorched by the wildfires in Minnewaska and the firefighters are still trying to contain the fires:
https://hudsonvalleyone.com/2022/08/29/firefighters-assail-30-acre-wildfire-at-minnewaska/

According to that article, eight other fires are raging in New York State.

Over here, in NYC, despite the withered plants in Cunningham Park and Alley Pond Park, I continue to seek and find beauty and solace in nature. I've been spending a lot more time observing insects and spiders. Recently I found a really cool spider, the Eastern Triangular Cobweaver, in the pine stand at Alley Pond Park. Last night, I saw an Eastern Triangular Cobweaver dragging a dead carpenter ant. The Labyrinth Orbweaver is another spider that I've been observing in that same area. I also see many Spotted orbweavers at night, methodically crafting their giant orbs.

Posted by zitserm zitserm, August 30, 2022 03:34 PM

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Labyrinth Orbweaver (Metepeira labyrinthea)

Observer

zitserm

Date

August 2022

Description

Photos 2-3 show the egg cases

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Triangular Cobweaver (Euryopis funebris)

Observer

zitserm

Date

August 2022

Description

The spider was carrying a dead carpenter ant

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