Archive for the ‘Spiders’ Category

Horizontal Webs

Spider webs are usually vertical.

Obviously, these two are horizontal. The two strands — orange and other blue — are strands of silk that were  let out to hold the web in place. You’ll see a part of the web stretched across to another leaf nearby.

 This picture was taken in the same area as the two above, and at a different time of day.  A light breeze blew the web around, which resulted in the multi-colors reflecting from the web.

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Orb Webs

Spider numbers began increasing in July).

Their webs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The spider is in the center of this web.

Another spider spun this orb web, attaching the end points of two lobes of the leaf. I didn’t check to see if I could find the spider. It would probably be too small to see.

This web looks like the spider was in a hurry to finish the web,

and this one wanted seclusion.

 

 

 

 

 

Similar Web Varieties

Spider activities are increasing.

This web was easy to see from the computer. Notice the half of another web on the lower, back part of the web.

There’s two webs in this picture: one is obvious on the upper part of the dried vine. The other one is much smaller and is inside the rectangle of vine, with the small web in the upper left corner.

Several webs are almost too small to see. I always have the web between me and the sun, since there isn’t any looking directly at the sun. It’s just a matter of getting it all lined up to show all that’s involved.

Evening Light

The four following pictures were taken a little before sunset.

The sun reflected off the “ribbons” of the spider’s silk.

It also enhanced the colors,

  giving them the beginning colors of dusk.

 The silk strands moved just enough to “widen” the appearance of their silk and also change the reflecting colors.

Notice the small bands of colors lined up on the silk. The movement of the silk created the tiny reflecting blocks of colors.

Artistic Combination

I walked around our backyard this morning taking pictures of spider webs.

          I usually look at the pictures in the computer when I come in from photographing the webs.  Today I waited.

……… and I had such a pleasant surprise when I saw the combination of elements in this picture.

The unusual bark on the right is on a hackberry tree. The raised projections are called “corky warts.”

 

Looong Spider Silk

The spiders have been busy the last few days.

I’m not sure what this plant is. It grows near the edge of my small flower garden in the backyard. The two strands in the picture are spider silk.  The spiders let out the silk. The silk strands blow in the breeze until they attach to whatever they come in contact with.

This strand of spider silk probably looks wider from a light breeze blowing it.

 

 

Wood and Webs

I never really thought of spiders as artistic until recently. I am interested in spiders and go out early most mornings looking for their webs.

I find interesting twig frames. Combine an interesting twig frame and spider’s silk…

It looks like this spider was a bit more ambicious.

Look close on this “twig frame” for thin strands of silk. The frame resembles a bird.

I don’t know what the spider had in mind. It looks like a hammock to me.

I first see the eye, then a loooong beak. The silk strands finish the insect’s shape.

… a flame thrower?

This web is actually round and is the first round one I found this year. The breeze changes its shape.