Posts Tagged ‘breeze’

Blowing in the Wind

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Conditions were just right (on August 11) for this spiderweb to show from a distance.

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I moved closer to better show its intricate details.

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The web’s movement turned the “spokes” into narrow ribbons.

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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.

 

 

An Aerial Record

I went out early the day before yesterday to take pictures of spider webs.

Music won’t come from this “record,” mainly because it’s a spider web.

A light breeze would flatten the web, which then reflected the colors.

Obviously, this web isn’t flat like the one above. It does reflect similar colors when the positions are right.

Long Spider Silk

A spider spun the long length of silk above. Actually, it’s all one piece.

This is the same strand of silk as the one above. A slight breeze or air movement moves it and changes how much of the silk is seen.

  The spider silk is flat and easily moves about in the slightest breeze. Movement changes its appearance.

 Each of the pictures has a short white flat strip of spider silk too. It’s in different light from the ones in the sunlight.

(The silk wasn’t twisted like in the bottom picture. I don’t know why it looks like that in the picture.)

Unexplained Sparkling Mystery

We had strong storms in the evening and overnight on April 3.

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The sun shone the next morning. I sat at the computer, beside the picture window. A faint breeze “sparkled” the over-abundance of water drops in the hackberry and sweet gum trees. It gave the trees a crystalline look.

  One drop repeatedly sparkled red, like it was winking at me. A few drops also reflected red, only they were smaller and not as obvious.

  The red drop remained “drop size” when I took the picture.

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I just don’t understand how a teeny drop of water, reflecting the sunlight, could transform into this in a picture?

It never looked like this when I was watching it.

Maybe drops in the molecular structure of the water enlarged themselves for the picture?

Why?

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Another interesting component to this storm happened during the night. I was sleeping soundly when suddenly — blinding light, loud thunder boomed. I opened my eyes at the exact time of the lightning …. and saw a ball of lightning. I’d never even heard of a ball of lightning. It filled about one fourth or so of the top window, and thin lightning streaks went out in all directions from it. I was amazed, excited and went right back to sleep.

Glide in For a Landing … and More

Today started out sounding like spring with a robin loudly singing in our front yard, and a great horned owl hooting to the north.

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The kitchen sink isn’t exactly my favorite place to be, but I often see interesting things while there. The window faces west.

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 Strands of silk drifted in on a light breeze and landed close to the porch. The silk measured approximately 3 1/4 inches long.

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I first suspected an adult spider had spun it because of the size of the silk … only adult spiders wouldn’t do this.  Spiderlings produce silk but don’t build a web.

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 Maybe it was the spiderling of a larger species of spider. Today turned out to be a sunny day with the temperature reaching 67. An eastern phoebe repeated its name in the backyard this afternoon.

So…. our days finally look and feel much more like spring is here in southern Illinois!

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The spiders had a surprise waiting for me in the evening.

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 The sun was getting lower, and I noticed spider silk reflecting the sunlight. I hurried out in the front yard with my camera.

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A light breeze added movement to the single strands of silk.

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The camera seemed to have a mind of its own as to how the pictures turned out.

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 I just snapped and snapped pictures with the light quickly changing.

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Then I noticed the dramatic effect on the other side of the highway. I stood on our hill and zoomed in for closer pictures of across the road. The speed of the sun lowering in the sky didn’t give me much time to do anything but quickly snap pictures. The reflected light shimmered with a light breeze.

Everywhere I looked, and as far as I could see, there were strands of spider silk.

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The breezes moved the spiderlings’ strands in the trees, grass and other dried vegetation.

I took thirty-eight pictures in eleven minutes before the sun sank to the horizon.

Then, when I remembered to check the next day, every bit of the spiders’ silk was gone.

I can’t imagine what the sky looked like with so many ballooning spiderlings! I sure wish I’d seen it!