It’s September, it’s glorious (when it’s not 90 degrees F with 90% humidity) and I’ve been spending a lot of time with my dogs– and my spiders. It’s spider time, which is my favorite time of year. This September I have been experimenting with using a misting bottle in my photography– not only does the mist make the webs more visible in less than perfect light, but sometimes it leaves these little water droplets that I hope are pretty without being twee. (I mist with plain water only, of course, and it does not seem to upset the spiders unduly. At least once I was pretty sure that the spider was gathering up and and drinking the water drops.)
This huge web was stretched across a neighbor’s front walk– I had to go home quickly and get the camera before the mailman walked through it on the way to the front porch steps. The plants in the background are papyrus, the artist is Webster, my collective name for our local orb weavers, who are large, brown, and have striped legs.