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Spider Silk … in February

It’s warmed up now at the end of January, and I’m seeing increasing number of strands of spider silk. I see the most connecting the tall grasses in the field across the highway.

A breeze blows the strand of silk and

the reflected sunlight “slides” back and forth along any longer strands.

The spiders let out a length of silk. It grows longer and longer until it attaches to an object, like the wood above.

The silk really shows up in the evening light. Spiders can let out much longer strands than the one above.

These two were probably from the same spider. The light slides back and forth along the silk, and the sun reflects the light in different colors.

 

 

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Cloudy Sky

                                                                                                                                 It’s rare that the sky’s boring.

The clouds and jet trails have been varied lately.

                                                                                         There’s usually a wide variety of clouds and an occasional contrail.

An occasional jet adds a different pattern to the early evening.

It’s easy to tell which is a jet contrail and which is a cloud from a jet contrail earlier.

Variations Spider Silk

Activities slow as winter approaches.  The spiders still let out silk for webs later in the day.

The transparent “line” is a strand of silk let out by a spider. The spiders usually don’t widen the silk strands like this one did. The back lightning highlights the colors.

 

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.

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.

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.