Spinning Webs

“The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.” ~ Edwin Way Teale

Since Dirt Man and I have been hiking, I’ve noticed an enormous amount of spider webs. This is probably due to the fact that we are hiking near water, rivers and swamps. The wetness breeds mosquitos which brings in the spiders…food chain, yes apparently the cycle of life.

First off  I am not a fan of spiders. They scare me. In fact, I hate to admit if they are in my house it is usually…Squish…Squash!   I became intrigued by the intricate design work these artsy little guys produce. Apparently different types of spiders spin different types of webs.  By reading about them, I’ve gained a more healthy respect for them…maybe the next time I find one in the house I will carefully have it escorted outside. I did not say that I will pick it up myself!

Spiders start their webs with a single silk strand. I can’t  help but wonder if the Native Americans were inspired by spider webs in producing their dream catchers. I used to make dream catchers several years ago. Dream catchers are also woven with a single strand of sinew. I know the meaning behind them is to block out bad dreams and only allow the good ones to enter through the center hole.  http://www.thewolfsdencreations.com/History%20of%20the%20Dream%20Catchers.htm   This is a site I found that tells the legend. I also found this wonderful quote there. “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Chief Seattle   I love the way the Native Americans could pull life lessons from nature.

According to Wikipedia, the types of webs are spiral orb webs, tangle webs (cobwebs), funnel webs, tubular webs, sheet webs, and dome or tent webs. I don’t yet like spiders enough to study the webs to classify them to different spider types. I am sure that someone can enlighten me on the subject.

This is a huge spider. I am so glad I did not find him/her in my house. I am sure I would not have admired him or wanted a picture!

This shot is my favorite. Dirt Man took it for me. He was able to capture it at a perfect angle and in a glow of light.

I was a bit disturbed to realize the cobwebs are unused spider webs. I mean I am happy they don’t have occupants, but not happy spiders were living in my house that I didn’t notice.

This web appears that someone must have run into it and snagged it up a bit. I doubt that insect would have caused that kind of damage. This leads me to wonder if spiders do repair work or if they just move on and build completely new webs.

 This is a closer shot of the intricacy of the design. I wish I had a life lesson, analogy, or great words of wisdom of my own to leave you with, but I got nothing. Here are some parting words from Friedrich Max Muller ~”Those who are slaves to passions, run down with the stream (of desires), as a spider runs down the web which he has made himself; when they have cut this, at last, wise people leave the world free from cares, leaving all affection behind.”

28 thoughts on “Spinning Webs

  1. Wow! I’ve never thought of a spider web as a thing of beauty, I’m like you too spooked by the spiders to get close enough to appreciate their webs.

    Pretty photos, just glad they were photos and not webs spun around my house 🙂

  2. It’s so funny that Alex photographed a big spider out in our back yard this afternoon too! And “Spider Woman” is very sacred in Navajo culture going way way back to when everything was in the 4th world.

  3. It’s amazing to me that a creature as small as most spiders are can weave such an intricate web. I am not a fan of spiders, but their webs are things of beauty. Kat insists they be escorted out; when she’s not around, I am not always so kind. If they don’t leave cobwebs around for me to eliminate, they will live in peace. I find cobwebs, I declare war.

    Love the photos! Tell me, do you have a huge book of quotes? You always have such appropriate quotes in your post.

  4. I’ve never been afraid of spiders and have a healthy respect for them as bug eliminators! I love to look at the intricacies of their webs too. I think they are fascinating. Your last photo is marvelous! I have to admit, I do escort them outside when I find one where they’re not suppose to be. I also try and capture the wasps and bees that tend to get into the house because they’re beneficial too. The rest? Not so lucky (except for ladybugs).

  5. This is doubly cool because I am currently working up a spider web post. I, too, have been capturing spider web pictures. Why, I wonder? I think it is your Chief Seattle quote and I’m trying to pay attention to the occupants in the web that I find less tasteful. If I fall in love with how they live, I’m less likely to squish them.

    See? You did come up with something profound.

  6. I’m also scared of spiders, but I try to find a way to get them out of the house alive, because they are so good at eating other bugs. The end of the broom works well, although if the head up the handle torwards me, I start screaming and jumping around. =]

    Beautiful pics!


  7. I love that spiders are analagous to architects. And I admire that spiders are beneficial to my surrounding environment. I don’t particularly want them to live inside with me, but won’t squish them either. Just gently relocate them to a nice shrub – outdoors.

    I like that last photo and the one your husband took too. Great perspective.

    Since halloween is coming up, spiders and spider web metaphors are perfectly timed!!

  8. I had written a huge comment that somehow got lost, but, suffice it to say that after having been bitten twice by brown recluses, hubby does not let spiders LIVE in our house if he has anything to do with it. Of course he usually screams for me to come kill them (not that I can blame him) because he’s usually screaming like a little girl (sorry baby) and hopping on the chair which is really quite comical to see a guy his size scare of something so little. Lala protects her daddy too because she kills any spider she sees.

    We used to have a couple outside that would build these huge intricate webs every evening and take them down every morning and repeat that process for MONTHS.

  9. I do believe they should be escorted out. We should only squash: mosquitos, ants, silverfish, and cockroaches. Black widows or brown recluse are the only squashable spiders. I am sooo ashamed my mom just admitted to hurting them when I am not looking.

    I think the dreamcatchers are done in the fasion of webs. I always thought that- and many native artwork is deeply connected to nature.

  10. I love you, but I basically had to sweep through this post. My fear of spiders is ridiculous. Even these photos, beautiful as they are, make me squirm and…ick…I love you, though!

  11. “First off I am not a fan of spiders. They scare me. In fact, I hate to admit if they are in my house it is usually…Squish…Squash!”

    OMG, Suzi…you and I are on the same “thought waves” today, sharing about BUGS!

    Ooooo…ooooo….I feel the same way about spiders. They totally freak me out!

    However, I’ve gotta say…I love looking at all their various webs. They’re like a work of art. My mother has this “thing” about killing spiders. She say’s it brings you bad luck, so our backyard in Florida was covered in spider webs because she refused to disturb them.

    Great photos, dear lady! Just, beautiful!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful day!


  12. Spider webs are marvels of engineering and architecture — can you believe something like that comes out their butts? 🙂 Angus calls his little sister to kill the spiders for him. I’m willing to transport them outside, but spiderwebs inside are not cool.

  13. Whew, I love your favorite picture too. Great job Dirt Man!

    I had heard not all spiders are web builders which I find interesting.

    But I have SEEN spiders repair webs. They are amazing at how fast they can build and repair.

    Our front gate area is a favorite for spiders. They build their HUGE webs – bigger than my arms reach – across the walk way from house to tree/bush, pretty much right in front of our gate entrance. ALL the time. Becuase they are outside I would prefer to knock the web and the spider down and leave them. But because they are often the size of a quarter or bigger, my husband does not allow them to live.

    One time I was trying to convince him it was ok to let it live and he said, “LOOK at it!” And I did closely and it had the biggest fangs I had ever seen. So I said, “Oh, ok. I get it.”

    Allison’s comment made me laugh.

  14. I love the intricacies of all of the webs that you have captured. Everything hangs in a balance, doesn’t it? I marvel at nature’s way of providing reminders that we can all use in our life.

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