Stunning photo to suggest the theme of STRUCTURE (copyright Frank Jansen Photography):
I took these pictures of a spider’s web on our stern in September 2015.
From a human point of view, it is not sturdy, waterproof or strong enough to be weight-bearing, being intricate layers and strands meticulously placed by a tiny creature spinning and weaving endlessly back and forth.
I watched a money spider on our car window one day, enthralled how it lifted its abdomen to spin the silken threads continuously only to pause at the end of the glass, turn and retrace its steps, occasionally swinging Tarzan-like to the wing mirror to give another dimension to its craft.
These works of art are so finely detailed, beautiful when adorned by morning dew, yet a deadly trap to inquisitive insects or those unfortunate enough to be blown into the sticky tendrils.
If the web is destroyed, the spider simply begins again on another unique masterpiece of Nature’s structural engineering.