A Spidery Good Morning

It’s been a while since I made time for a morning walk. The sun is burning through the fog

the fog is lifting

I take a look at my backyard (you never know what you’ll see there any given moment: wild turkeys, deer, bears) and all looks peaceful

my backyard

Trekking up the hill

up the hill

The dogs start running along the fence below me, so I go to greet them and find this:

the first spiderweb

My dog Maya wants to be in the picture, too:

Maya wants to be in the picture

As I keep walking, my socks and sandals soaking wet from the dew on the grass, I see thousands of spider webs everywhere, on the ground, suspended between the tall grasses, and on tree branches. Did they all have a competition last night to see who could create the most beautiful web?

I don’t know spiders very well and I am too lazy to research them at the moment. But I was intrigued by the webs – some of them looked like tiny hammocks, others like that feathery thing you hit with a Badminton racket, a diamond necklace…

This one reminded me of uncountable galaxies in the universe:

galaxies or fairy dust

And every once in a while, there was a true masterpiece:

the masterpiece

Even if you hate spiders or scream and run out of the room every time you see one up on the ceiling, you have to admit: there is symmetry and artistic talent in a web like this. You don’t even have to get close enough to see the spider sucking the life out of its prey. The web is the spider’s calling card: craftily suspended, it captures the dew like so many sparkling diamonds. Spiders don’t go to architecture school but they know where to attach their main lines to give the web both strength and flexibility. And it has to be sticky enough to trap an unsuspecting insect (spiders have to eat, you know). And every once in a while, if you look really hard, in the right place, you come across a magical spiderweb like this:

psychedelic web

Here are a few other spider(web) posts to enjoy:



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34 Responses to A Spidery Good Morning

  1. Barneysday says:

    These are beautiful. Nature is still the best artist around.


  2. brucethomasw says:

    You got me with the first 3 photos showing the fall colors beginning to show – but the spider webs – wow. My favourite was the web you identified as a true mastepiece . . . and a great post of a wonderful morning indeed.


  3. mpejovic says:

    What beautiful fall colors where you are! I hate spiders but they can make beautiful webs like the ones you captured. I’m pretty sure the ones on the ground are from grass spiders. We have them here in San Diego too and one night they were a little busy in my backyard and left me a few presents.


  4. Caro Woods says:

    I love your photos Annette! I have also shared this post on fb as it coincides with a theme I am currently working with: http://carowoods.com, Spider’s Web: A Dream Catcher Mandala. Stunning imagery, thank you. Caro


    • You know, I am so glad you did that post. I was debating with myself whether or not to bring in the spider as an archetype and all the wonderful folk stories attached to the spider character (Anansi from West Africa and then the Caribbean; the spider in Native American lore). I will definitely check out your post.


  5. I’d love to wake up to this view every morning~


  6. ladysighs says:

    Your spiders are so much more lovelier than the ones that insist making their webs in the INSIDE corner of my windows. 😦


  7. Wow, Annette, your yard looks lovely, and just to think I get to see it next weekend! I’m so excited. πŸ™‚ Your spiderwebs are gorgeous. I especially love the last two and the first one,… and really every one in between! Beautiful spidery morning. πŸ™‚


  8. Kristin says:

    The last two photos are my favorite for their color and pattern.

    May I share link to your photos under at my Pinterest site?


  9. mpejovic says:

    I have recommended you for the β€œCapture The Colour 2013″ photo contest. Here are the details on how to participate:


  10. mithriluna says:

    Gorgeous images! What a lovely morning!


  11. Loca Gringa says:

    Amazing place to live. You are truly gifted!


  12. You have an amazing backyard! And those photos are award winning.


  13. Randee says:

    Nice backyard! Do you think it was the dewy morning that was making the webs so pronounced. Beautiful photos. Nice job.


  14. Livonne says:

    Absolutely stunning..


  15. Dina says:

    That was a beautiful morning walk , Annette. The first three ones are my favourites, wonderful colours in a lovely setting. Nice to see your dog too! πŸ™‚
    Enjoy your day!
    Greetings from Bonn


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