Charlotte’s Web?


Saturday morning, after an early morning workout with a fabulous trainer, Natasha and I went for a three-mile walk. It’s a route we’ve taken before on foot and one that I take when riding the bike to work. The weather was gorgeous…blue skies, mild temperatures, and the crisp smell of almost-autumn. The couple with the new house finally released the yellow tape that kept others off the new concrete driveway and two sandhill cranes were busy pecking at the grass on an empty lot. One very noisy, speeding pick-up truck passed us, along with a few quieter vehicles. There was nothing out of the ordinary on our journey, other than a small pair of underwear laying in the ditch. We wondered how they got there.

Then Natasha noticed the spider web.

“Look there…isn’t that cool?”

Ummmm…this coming from a woman who does not like spiders, especially the ones that drop out of nowhere. Yes, it was very cool. The spider web was hanging between the boughs of a pine tree in someone’s front yard. Natasha probably would not have seen it had it not been for the morning’s rising sun. She encouraged me to take photos and I complied.

The photo was taken with my phone’s camera, which tends to disagree with pointing into the sun. The original photo contained numerous red spots. However, with the magic of photo editing, a black and white version removed said red spots and the rest was up to play with lighting, highlighting and shadows.

It didn’t turn out too bad, huh?

(No spiders were injured during the photo shoot, in case you were wondering. Or maybe you were hoping…)


26 responses to Charlotte’s Web?

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Lois. I didn’t see the spider that belonged with this web, but he/she could have been lurking in the shadows…ready to pounce!

  1. Dan Antion says:

    That photo is beautiful! I love the way spider webs catch light and moisture. This one is particularly interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it. It’s like a black hole. I’m OK with spiders, most of the time. The ones that get inside our house, usually get taken outside (in a Dixie cup) and released.

  2. joey says:

    It’s a really good shot indeed!
    It is spider time of year. The Mister says he’s got one living inside his driver side mirror — rebuilds a web between our cars every night, and tries to salvage it by recall every morning.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Joey! Poor spider. I wonder when he’ll decide to give up and move out of the mirror and to a different location that doesn’t move every day.

      • joey says:

        I don’t know. It’s been since Tuesday after Labor Day, and The Mister says that he adjusts the mirror to shield the spider from the interstate winds on his journey, and so he stays. Must be good eatin at night?

  3. Came up real good. ๐Ÿ™‚ We had a garden orb-weaver spider take up residence in an outside corner of the front porch for ages. They spin their webs at night and then wind them back up again before morning. As long as you remembered to walk along the porch in the evening before exiting to the driveway or entering the front door, it was a lovely sight.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The orb spiders are cool…from a distance. I believe I have a photo of an orb spider from a friend’s garden in Virginia. It was in a place where one didn’t have to worry about running into it at night or otherwise.

  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    Spider webs are works of art, but UGH … spiders.

    The best part is seeing the spider web before walking into it, otherwise the highly energetic I-think-I-have-a-spider-in-my-hair dance begins.

  5. LB says:

    So glad you shared the link to this post!
    This is such a great time of year to see spider webs and this one is a beauty. Nicely captured, Mary.
    Love it!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Laurie. That means a lot coming from an avid photographer such as yourself. You and many others have inspired me to look at things differently when I take photos.

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