Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Architect

Ever watch a spider build it's web? I think I have always been fascinated with arthropods.

Take this one for example. I noticed it the other day from the living room window. It was about halfway through making it's web.

I tell you, I get mesmerized by these. With it's eight legs all contributing to the final 'outcome', it went through the seemingly delicate, accurate work as if it was nobody's business.

You have to appreciate the spider's programming/instinct. I suppose since it's been around for over 200 million years or so, it has had time to fine-tune this survival skill.


  1. Hmmm...

    ...I have a (totally rational) fear of spiders. I've managed to screen whatever traumatic memory I have of whatever incident caused this.

    I can deal with Orbweb spiders though. Even have one on my hand. I sat and watched Mrs Orbweb one day whilst Mr Orbweb tentatively plucked the strands of her beautiful web so he didn't get eaten.

    Sadly of course, he did. How like life...

  2. Give me 8 arms and see what I can do!

  3. I am with chris.....
    I am terrified of spiders
    I once was "speciallINg" a patient in psychiatry and would not check on him during the night cos a huge spider walked into his room!
    ( he was fine BTW)

  4. Well,I am not afraid of spiders,I think they are cool. In fact,we often will feed them so we can watch them at work!The one exception is the Brown Recluse spider,those are mean and nasty little creatures with an even nastier bite!

  5. I love to watch those orb weavers at work! Their webs are such amazing structures.

  6. Spiders give me the willies, but a person does have to admire their work.

  7. Extraordinary captures Jim!! BTW love that new header!!

  8. And isn't spider silk one of the strongest things in nature? I think I read that somewhere.

    Yes, your new header rocks! I liked the old one too, though, with that handsome guy in the sunglasses.

  9. Alright, have to admit that I quickly read this post. Spiders give me the heebie jeebies.
    I do agree that they are incredible creatures.
    You were very brave to get close enough to take the pics!

  10. Not to be negative or anything, but you just made a bad day worse! Arachnids give me the faints. Your pictures are so good they're horrible, LOL, and after the first one I was hoping the others wouldn't load. I'm going to go have a glass of wine and lie down now.

  11. Liz and Cindy....sorry!

    I still think that most spiders have gotten a 'bad rap'!

  12. I like spiders and webs. I've only seen a very few here.


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