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Jumping spiders are so curious and photogenic, as was this one in my backyard.

Each next week gets better than the prior for nature lovers as new species are constantly coming online for the season.

The past few days, I have been admiring fields of the deep blue flower of Ohio — spiderwort.

The vibrant yellow of the sand coreopsis also is waiting to be seen.

In my wetlands, the blue flag iris is in full bloom, as well as a chorus of diverse sedge species putting on their unique flowering heads.

Milkweeds are tall and abundant enough that I am checking for monarch caterpillars regularly now.

Speaking of butterflies, tiger swallowtails are flying, and I should be seeing my first regal fritillary of the season any time.

Of course, I can’t go without mentioning the several hundred moth species that are flying right now, waiting to be discovered.

I can hardly keep up with everything.

This week’s picture is a tan jumping spider that has been keeping an eye on me as I go to my backyard garden.

This little fella darts up and down my gutter begging to have its picture taken.

Late last week, I was able to coax it on a small stick and get personal with my camera.

Jumping spiders are so curious and photogenic.

I hope all of you are healthy and staying safe. I know many are struggling for a wide range of reasons.

I hope nature and the outdoors can be an encouraging outlet for you.

Never forget that the diversity of nature is what makes it strong and resilient when faced with adversity.

Reach Trevor Edmonson at

trevoredmonson@gmail.com.

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