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Project 365, Day 34: Crystal Web


Day 34: Crystal Web, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

For the past couple of days, I've been trying to get a good photo of a spider web. A couple of things have made this difficult. First, I'm limited by the number of webs in my (very small) garden, and more importantly, I'm limited by the locations of these webs - and whether or not I can get a good angle with the camera, with a background upon which the web will be visible.

This is the best of the bunch, so far. Few things are more prettily proportioned than the strands which form a spider's web.

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amandageist
May. 8th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Sort of
Unless you walk through it. Ugh.

We have huge man-eating fanged venom-dripping horrible huge tree spiders that spin webs about 20 feet from tree to tree and from the sky to the ground, and they love the area around my house--I have actually called Jan from my car, to get him to come out and make sure the way was clear, because on a bad day there have been 2-3 of them between my car and the house, and I come home after dark, and I HATE walking through webs containing spiders the size of acorns. UGH UGH UGH UGH.

And black widows. And brown recluses. I will admire spiderwebs in photos and on dewy mornings, from INSIDE the house.

That's the problem with nature, something's always stinging you or oozing slime on you.. -Calvin and Hobbes

~Amanda
here_be_dragons
May. 8th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Sort of
LOL! Yeah, when I lived in Florida, we had ginormous orb weavers that made huges webs, too. I will admit that I really liked them . . . but I wouldn't walk under one of one of their webs. Because, yeah, a spider almost as big as my hand? Not something I want to have drop on my head. Actually, I was really missing those spiders when taking these photos - now THAT would have made a great photo.

This web? Maybe four inches long, by three inches deep. The spider who lives there is teeny tiny, and very, very cute. :D

We get black widows here, too (I found one in the house not terribly long ago), but I've not found a brown recluse (thankfully). Another reason for me to be glad I decided against moving to Arizona . . . I wasn't looking forward to the possibility of finding a scorpion in my shoe some morning. Do you have those where you live?


ETA: Actually, it's not even that big. I just went out back and had a look; the web in the photo is about three inches long, by maybe two inches deep. It seems bigger, somehow, in the photo. :D

Edited at 2008-05-08 11:13 pm (UTC)
reluctant_poet
May. 8th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Amazing. Spiders' webs are neat!
azriona
May. 9th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Oh, pretty. I like how it's off-center, and how the dew emphasizes the strands. Very nice!
here_be_dragons
May. 9th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! I can't take credit for the composition - the spider spun the web off-center like that (although I did crop it to make the most advantage of that). The dew, however, is all mine . . . a "freak rainstorm" created by my handy spray bottle. :D (All the poor spiders in my garden are probably complaining to one another about the weather, since I've been spraying their webs like crazy. It's not like it hurts them, and I suppose it *could* have rained today). :D :D :D
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