Thursday, August 29, 2013


The web was completed. The spider freaked out when I ducked under it to see it from the back and took off running up the web to the suspension cable, along the cable and into the forage wagon. She was quick and nimble... I couldn't get over how fast she could move her relatively large self (she's the size of the end of my thumb) across that delicate webbing...
No good picture will be had of the other three webs inside the forage wagon... But if you look just under the rust line near the left side you can see the spider that built the invisible web it's resting in. This one was about 18 inches across. And there are two more in there that are equally large and situated about 6 inches apart one behind the other...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Engineering Marvels

I'm not a huge fan of spiders... They generally creep me out. But they are talented engineers. And I love seeing their webs...

Was shown the web I tried to photograph here and she was working on construction at the time.

Couldn't help but stand there and watch in fascination as she went round and round.

The basic construction was done yesterday and it is strung at face height between two pieces of farm machinery on 6 foot long suspension cables that I can't begin to imagine how she managed to stretch the first of across that grand canyonesque gap... You can see her as the whitish dot in the upper right showing up against the tin of the wall.

Watched her filling in the fine details of the web one row at a time. She'd touch her bum down and you could see the silk string coming out which she would guide with her hind legs into the next place where she would attach it by dabbing her bum down again.

There were three other amazing webs inside the forage wagon that the lighting was just all wrong to get photos of but I will try again later to see if I can capture them.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Inuksuk On Bass Lake

Inuksuk On Bass Lake (mixed media - 20 x 40). NFS.
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Locust Tree in Pink And Green

Locust Tree in Pink & Green (mixed media - 24x24)
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