“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.”