Tag: spider web
Macro Monday – 20 March
A sense of order
Marsha’s Wednesday Quotes
I am not sure where I am going with this so hang on
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order
– John Burroughs
Processional Caterpillars have their own sense of order
Until a mischief maker comes along
Seeing the V shaped order of birds heading off to parts unknown
“The proper order of things is often a mystery to me.”
– Cheshire Cat – Lewis Carroll
Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered.
– Jose Saramago
Words of Wisdom – Y23 #2
Paulas Words of Wisdom
Poetry is a fresh morning spider-web
telling a story
of moonlit hours
of weaving and waiting
during a night.
Admission: the way the quote is written is what I did to it. It was just one long sentence plus it started with the word Poetry
The meeting point
Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: Junction
Random shadows and reflections
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #235: Shadows and Reflections in Monochrome
Some of these photos you may have seen before but they were in colour. A few favourite shadow photos plus some new ones
The Frangipanni tree
the fence post
a magical cast
wonders for free
travelling at speed
Look but seeing
Now you see
you and me
A Wagtail there
spirals of reality
light and dark
truth and lies
loss and pain
Put things back
some are up
some are down
wonder of nature
I am sorry that this took so long for you to get through. It started and for once I let myself get carried away.
Originally there photo of the reeds was the last one then words needed photos and photos needed words. Thanks for getting this far 🤗
Wordless Wednesday – 11 January
The unco spider
This is a story of the most unusual event that I saw late in the afternoon this week.
I was wandering about with my camera as I watered the plants, just in case something interesting happens to appear in the garden, and had just finished watering the garden after a particularly warm day. Near the tap, I took a series of very bad photos due to the almost lack of sunlight and in the shade of the verandah.
On the verandah between a hanging pot of flowering Nodding Violets and a verandah post I saw this weird looking spider navigating its way along a series of almost invisible strands of web.
The spider didn’t look like it was in control of its own around 20mm long body and legs. It seemed to be trying to get to that white dot just above the spider in the following photo, after travelling from the shelter of the hanging flower pot with the most uncoordinated fashion with legs that went anywhere they wanted.
I had to discover what this spider was and found out that it is a Whip Spider.
“Whip Spiders specialise in feeding on wandering spiders, usually juveniles. The spider sits at the top of a few long silk threads that run downs below it among foliage.”
This description made Whip Spiders seem way more agile than my spider!
Almost there just a bit of “upside down and how did the hell did the “packet” end up underneath” bit of confusion was part of the entertainment as it literally bounced it’s way along the strands of web.
“When a wandering spider walks up one of these handy silk `bridges’ it gets a nasty surprise. The waiting Whip Spider uses toothed bristles on the end segment of the last leg to comb out swathes of entangling sticky silk from its spinnerets.”
“These rapidly entangle the struggling victim so that it cannot escape.”
The final goal was reached and the Whip Spider checked to see if any of the last meal was still available
I was just about to stop watching and taking photos when the Whip Spider started to fold its legs along side its body. I thought I would get that last photo in case that would help me ID the spider.
The best bit was that in that last photo, the spider had finished with the lovingly wrapped meal and just tossed it away. You can just make out the motion of the packet as it plummets to the ground.
*Information in italics from the Australian Museum
Super Family Araneoidea
Now and before
Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Close Up or Macro
I found a small spider having breakfast this morning
I’ve sorting photos I am still in the mid 2020’s. Can only do a few days at a time. Some of the date folders, (all my photos when I download go in to a misc folder), have a few photos and some days of discovery have over one hundred photos.
Australian Green Tree Frogs are the happiest looking frogs. This photo is from 28 Sept 2020