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.”

 

Backyard Surprise

We woke to little excitement a few mornings ago.

A small bird was determined to run a larger bird out of our backyard, and keep it out.

  The rounded shape of the end of the hawk’s tail identified it as a Cooper’s hawk (the top picture better shows the rounded end of its tail). Sharp shinned hawks are smaller, and the end of their tail is squared.

I could only see the dark shape of the hawk from the distance, and had to take pictures from in the house.

The smaller bird repeatedly flew at the hawk and continually dived at its back. This went on for most of the day.

  The hawk wasn’t fazed by the repeated attempts.

 The hawk stayed in our yard 2 1/2 days. The other birds didn’t like it and made their opinions known.

 This is 3 days later,  and the hawk’s staying here in our yard, hunting for birds.

 

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.

Pear Condemenium

This pear tree died several years ago,

I left it for a perch for any bird that might be interested in nesting there.

Obviously, it has had previous occupants.

Then today, three or four bluebirds showed interest in the dead tree.

I started getting excited.

They checked the dead tree and its surroundings.

 I was sure they would nest in such a “perfect” place.

Well, it turned out they didn’t stay and use any of the holes for nesting.

I still keep my fingers crossed and hope they … or another pair return.

Wonders Never Cease

 Common Milkweed

Four common milkweed plants grow beside the back garage (which will be torn down this summer).

A few insects visit the flowers,

and a white crab spider hides on the underneath side of one of the leaves. The spider can change colors to match the color of the flower it’s on.