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Waiting

spiderweb

Waiting

This spider has built an award-winning orb and is waiting for its first customer.

The orb is attached on the back of my car, in front of the wagon door, with threads connected to both ends of the bumper, which is the dark pink you see, the window above, the recycling bin about two feet away, and the shed about four feet away. I really think this guy is having a good long nap after running back and forth, probably several miles in the construction of this thing! I went to open the wagon door this morning and saw him, took a photo instead and let him be. Not sure what he’s going to catch hanging out in front of my license plate, though. I won’t question his judgement.

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4 responses

  1. The Spider’s Web (A Natural History)

    The spider, dropping down from twig,
    Unfolds a plan of her devising,
    A thin premeditated rig
    To use in rising.

    And all that journey down through space,
    In cool descent and loyal hearted,
    She spins a ladder to the place
    From where she started.

    Thus I, gone forth as spiders do
    In spider’s web a truth discerning,
    Attach one silken thread to you
    For my returning.

    E.B. White

    June 20, 2013 at 8:02 am

    • Vicki, thanks so much for this poem! I remember it from years ago, but it’s so good to hear now, and it’s all about lifelong bonds of friendship. Wonderful!

      June 20, 2013 at 8:40 am

  2. so intricate and beautiful the design, yet what took ages to complete we can destroy in seconds , I find myself having a live and let live policy too, If I can leave well I do so.. Marvellous photo. thanks for sharing. xPenx

    June 20, 2013 at 5:16 am

    • penpusher, in a spider’s lifetime, that web took all of its adolescence to construct. I’ve unintentionally destroyed others, but where I see one, especially a fresh one, I can’t even bring myself to touch it.

      June 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

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