Tricia Booker Photography

May 20, 2011

New Home

I noticed my clematis were coming into bloom over the past few days, so this afternoon I thought I’d take a few minutes and photograph the young flowers before they fully mature and their delicate pink petals fade in the bright sunlight. While a few of them were perfectly presented, I discovered several were oddly deformed. Upon closer inspection, I realized their petals had been rolled and manipulated into creative spider homes.

As I knelt closer, I found one spider out and about, hunting for prey. As it stealthily crept down toward a foraging ant, I caught it for a moment as it descended. Although I didn’t quite get the photo I expected, I enjoyed discovering some new neighbors. Now if only they’d start preying on our resident stink bugs!

11 comments

  1. I love this photo! Finding a spider in action is a real treat. This makes me think of a favorite poem by a favorite author. Robert Frost’s “Design.” Here is the poem:

    I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
    On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
    Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth —
    Assorted characters of death and blight
    Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
    Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth —
    A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
    And dead wings carried like a paper kite.

    What had that flower to do with being white,
    The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
    What brought the kindred spider to that height,
    Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
    What but design of darkness to appall?–
    If design govern in a thing so small.

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