I hope he doesn't mind my sharing his commentary that "Tang poet, Bai Juyi (772–846), wrote this poem, "Song of Sunset on the River" for the first three days of this moon. "
The sun sets straight away into the water.It seems like I ought to post moon stuff on my Yin blog, but as the new moon is the beginning of a yang increase, moon-wise, I share this here.
Half the river trembles; half the river turns red.
How we cherish the first three nights of the ninth moon:
the dew like pearls, the moon like a bow.
Maybe I'll look for that new moon and stars tonight, while sharing the lanai space with my new pet:
I am caught in a web of intrigue by this creature...Charlotte or Charles...who has been a constant presence for some time now, its well-rigged net securely attached like the cables of a suspension bridge to the fairy lights on my lanai. It is getting bigger, which suggests to me that it is a Charlotte -- and since it is not a cane spider, big guys who live free of nets and like to invade cars and closets, I am more tolerant. It seems to know its territory. And it is very sensitive. I was observing it closely, patterns on its body, stripes on its legs, and I sighed. It must have been like a gale force wind; the spider ran to the edge of its web. Sometimes I don't see it when the sun is bright; it must seek shade among my houseplants. But then it's back every morning, just waiting for what flys into its web.
If I can figure out the macro settings on my camera, maybe I can get a good closeup. This has been an exercise in tolerance and overcoming aversion. I never thought I might miss a spider. And what a pleasure is a pet that feeds itself, makes no messes, needs no walking, and provides a useful pest-control service.