We have a parcel of land across the access road to our cabin here in northern Minnesota, and I’ve been creating a hiking trail in the new growth that’s sprung up since we had it logged a year and a half ago because there were so many hyper-mature trees that were falling over and clogging it all up. I’ve posted a number of photos along the old trail, and now I’m immersed in crafting the new one. Due to other family activities and commitments, it’s taken over a month for me to pay the needed attention to trail maintenance/restoration. I finally found the time last weekend, when I was alone, without a car, for a couple of days.
Most of the maintenance involves nipping off new woody plants that have sprung up in the trail that I started last year and weed-whacking the rest, mostly bracken fern and low ground-cover plants. Close to the end of the trail, nearing a beloved little wetland pond, I noticed a beautiful, large (2½-inch legspan) nursery-web spider (Pisaurina mira) on a bracken fern, who appeared not overly concerned with my presence. I backed off a little, prepared my camera, approached very respectfully, and was able to make a few hand-held portrait shots.
Then, since she had positioned herself right in the path that I needed to clear, I carefully nipped the lower stems of the ferns she had appropriated and equally-carefully moved them to a quiet location a safe distance away. She appeared satisfied enough with my choice of a new site that she tolerated my proximity quite well and stayed still for me for a few more photos.