Wednesday, September 3, 2014

In Praise Of Common Spiders

Don't be creeped out. Just look. Closely. Can you imagine being so small and creating something so big and beautiful (and useful!) every night?


This tiny web is in between some leaves on the lemon tree on the porch.  The dot in the center is the spider.  Look at the corners.  Isn't that construction just amazing?


Heading down the sidewalk and up high.


This web deserves a second look.


Somehow he or she created it to face two different directions!


This is my favorite place on the farm right now besides the barn - Spider Row.  There are ten BIG writing spiders out there this morning and at least ten younger spiders tucked below.  That's actually a pretty standard count.  Their webs line the entire side of the garage and do so every summer.


All the way to the end.


This is my current favorite - Lefty.  I wish I'd taken note of the date when I first noticed her, with her two missing front legs.  For some reason I assumed spiders didn't really live that long and Charlotte's Web was just a fantasy, but she's been here for weeks.  


And before you get freaked out seeing this spider wrapping up a moth, what if that was a wool moth?  ;-)


18 comments:

Willow said...

I love it when the Autumn spiders are out and about.
Spiders are our friends ( well most of them ) see ya laterwool moth ,num num num.

Jo said...

Oh I just love your spider post. The webs are most artistic especially the 2D (or is that 3D) one in your photo. I remember reading about your writing spiders and now I get to see where they hang out every year. Have a great day. Jo

The Dancing Donkey said...

I love spiders. I haven't seen many of the writing spiders here in the past few years, I've been wondering about them. I'm glad to see them doing so well at your place.

Great photos too. What kind of camera are you using?:)

Dreaming said...

Your web shots are beautiful. It is hard to focus on them. I like seeing intricate webs...just not walking through them and wondering where the spider is!
How interesting to see "Lefty" hang in there!
I am fascinated by watching spiders get their prey. When the boys were little we used to feed the spiders by tossing crickets In their webs. Yeah, kinda gruesome, but cool to see!

Susan said...

Spiders are so fascinating. I love this post!

Susan said...

Spiders are so fascinating. I love this post!

majorasue said...

I love spiders, always have. In fact, as a young child (5 or 6) my reaction to having a tarantula run out from under the soda machine I was trying to get a coke out of was to give up colas. Haven't had one since (50+ years!), but I still like spiders. Ok, so I'm not normal!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Your spider webs are so much more artistic than mine.

Miha Giustina said...

Very very cool, S.:-)! One of "my" spiders decided to camp out in the flight path of one of my beehives.

There were 3 bees caught in the web the first night I found him/her there.

I was not happy about it but could not bring myself to tearing down the web. The spider eventually moved on to another location.

Pam said...

Love that first one-so simple and dainty. Must have been a lady spider...

Terry said...

Very cool! Beautiful webs, and it's nice to meet Lefty.
Spiders - the original spinners.

I need orange said...

This is wonderful set of shots! I especially like that triangle at the top. I don't remember ever seeing a triangular web!

Thanks for sharing them with us.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I shoot with a Nikon camera, but the lens is more important with making these photos I think. I read awhile back that it's better to spend your money on "glass" than camera body and so that's what I've tried to upgrade most. And yes, the better lenses are sharper and better with low light...

Regarding focus, these were all done manually, from camera settings (aperture and speed) to focus. Being able to dial in on the exact part of the web you want is a huge help. Setting a wide aperture to blur out the background helps focus attention as well. Fun stuff :-D.

lisa said...

Wonderful pictures and post.

Michaele said...

After the plethora of spider webs I have walked into this summer I have learned to keep my mouth closed at all times. LOL. You really got some fantastic shots!

Charlotte Scott said...

I love spiders (except when they crawl on me unexpectedly) and you've captured their webs so perfectly. Those writing spiders are amazing - we don't have them over here.

Far Side of Fifty said...

beautiful webs...a true weaver would appreciate them! :)

Ed said...

How great would it be if one morning you went out and there was "Some Sheep" written in the web..;-)

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