Thursday, September 3, 2009

Walking in a Webby Wonderland

I was caught up in a good book last night, and after I finished it, I couldn't sleep. So, when the alarm went off this morning, getting up was the last thing I wanted to do. As a result, Toby got a very short walk - to the water tower and back. The only upside was that the spiders had been out overnight decorating, and everywhere we looked, there were webs.

The grass was covered with webs,

the forest floor was covered with webs,

the trees were full of webs.

Some were swoopy hammocks:

Some were flat mats:

Some were gifts of orb weavers:

But all were decorated with dew, making it indeed a Webby Wonderland.


  1. These photos are gorgeous! What compensation for having to get up early. An hour later and the webs would have been invisible.

  2. I just love spiders and their webs! Thanks for sharing your finds.

  3. Have you noticed an overabundance of spiders this year? It seems to me I have seen many more active spiders this year.

    Great photos. I especially love the last two.

  4. Jackie - if only I could really get up early to get the photos without being rushed!!!

    Swampy - hurray for another spider friend!!!

    Jessie - I haven't noticed an overall increase in spider populations this year, but certainly at this time of year the webs become more noticable (thanks to morning dews) and may make it seem like there are a lot more spiders.

    If you've noticed more spiders, maybe increased rain yielded increased insect populations, which resulted in more food for spiders and a higher survival rate? It's a theory anyway!

  5. I've been enjoying the webs on the lawn in the morning too lately. You don't have to be too early. They're still about when I go out at 9. Nice photos!

  6. Nice photos of Spider webs. I have been reading The Life of the Spider by John Crompton this week. It is an old book but a delight to read. Have you seen a cup and doilie web? They are pretty cool and easy to ID. The hamock one you took looked like it might be a cup and doilie but it is hard to tell from the photo, usually they are eye level in small trees.

  7. Squirrel - I'll have to look into that book! I didn't know there was a type of web called a "cup and doilie" - how Victorian! The hammock-like web was certainly at about eye-level, so maybe it was.

  8. Love the photo with the string of "pearls"!