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!
What a lovely flower shot!
Thank you so much!
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.
What a wonderful poem! Thank you for sharing. I haven’t read Robert Frost in a very long time. Fond memories!
Wow, Tricia – that is such a cool shot!
Thank you! I appreciate your visits!
como se llama esta flor?
Esta flor es llamada columbine. Gracias!
Great macro shot! I love to explore details that we normally can’t see.