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.
I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes!
In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too.
On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts.
From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives.
We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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Spiders are true master artisans! Great entry!
Thank you. I’m not a fan of the big ones at all, but I had the utmost respect for our window decorator that day.
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If the spider keeps coming back to this spot, then it must be because it can catch its food here. It’s probably doing you a service.
We don’t get many spiders inside the boat (conkers keep them away) but the webs spun between the boat and the electricity bollard are works of art.