Monday, 4 October 2010

Macro Monday

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If you don't like spiders or their webs now is not a good time to venture outside, particularly in the forest. Gossamer abounds, strung three to four feet above the ground between tall grasses and small trees where myriads of insects fly in the warm early autumn sun. The sun's rays catch the morning dew and make it sparkle.
A web in the garden
Fragile webs, so easily destroyed by unseeing animals, human and wild, blundering through them are nonetheless surprisingly strong, resisting heavy downpours of rain. The supple silk is weighed down until the nets resemble necklaces of precious jewels but as it dries it resumes its intended purpose of netting tasty small morsels for hungry arachnids.
Madam Spider in the forest waits at the top of her web in this young Scots pine or maybe she is too hungry and has started to weave another trap.
Another web, spiderless this time, suspended between the needles of a sapling.

20 comments:

  1. Even though I do like taking pictures of them, I'm not a fan of the spider. Their webs are truly works of art. Beautiful!

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  2. wow, beautiful photos! Absolutely, lovely.

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  3. Water gems of the highest order in these pieces of jewellery. Aren't they lovely? :)

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  4. Hmmm - tried to leave a comment, but seem to have had no joy. I'll try again, but apologise if you end up with the same thing twice. I said:-

    Water gems of the highest order went into this jewellery. Aren't they lovelsy?
    Feel free to delete a comment, if you end up seeing double...

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  5. Fabulous photos, Janice. I'm not fond of spiders but I do enjoy taking photos of them and their webs. :)

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  6. I wonder if spiders hate this time of year - all that dew forming on their webs so that every passing insect can see it? Still, it makes for gorgeous photos, doesn't it?

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  7. I keep telling myself spiders eat other insects, especially flies, but I still scream when I see a spider. Then, if there's no one around to respond to my scream, I deal with it myself. My best friend puts all spiders outside, but I'm not that brave.
    Silly how people develop phobias about them. Still, they're not all friendly. I was once bitten by a spider in Arizona (never did see it) and my arm turned red and hot and swelled up like a balloon and I had to make a sling for it in order to come home.
    -- K

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  8. The droplets look beautiful on the web!

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  9. Although I am disgusted by spiders, I have to admit that they are real artists ! Your photos are beautiful.

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  10. Great details of the water drops and web!

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  11. Great shots of the web and the droplets. Love it!

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  12. Some wonderful jewelled webs there. Lovely.
    I usually remove the webs from my garden.

    With my head.

    Not on purpose.
    ;-)

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  13. I can see colors in that first photo of the Spider's web -- almost rainbow shimmer. Can You see it?

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  14. Wow wow wow! Just stunning!

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  15. Simply awesome! I love the angle on the first one but the droplets are sure cool too!

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  16. Great photos of those diamond droplets on the webs.

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