Arachnophobia: Saturday Through My Lens

I know I freaked some of you out with the pics of the snake in the tub, so I want to give you fair warning and a spoiler alert in case you suffer from arachnophobia.  This week's Saturday Through My Lens features spiders and webs I encountered on my morning hike last weekend at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

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The early morning sun (well, let's be honest....it wasn't THAT early!), but anyway, the sun's rays illuminate the intricacy of the web and shine a spotlight on these leggy creatures. spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia It is amazing how many layers they spin, all interconnected in a stunning display of lines and geometric rule-bending.

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

 The sheer effort it must take to create such a masterpiece is mind-boggling.  And all done in mid-air!

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

Do you think they have a vision and a plan when they start with absolutely nothing?  Do they have a picture of how the web will turn out in their mind?

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

 And then do they get as frustrated as I do when things don't turn out exactly as I pictured them, or are they a little more go-with-the-flow riding the breeze where it takes them?

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

 And do they stay calm and collected when the wind turns their world upside-down and they're hanging by a thread?

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

Some webs are so dainty, so intricate, that they are almost invisible.  (And that's why you run into them without seeing them and feel strands of webbing for hours after on your skin!)

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

 But others seem to be tangled, sticky, messy globs with no plan whatsoever.   spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia  

What is all that in there?  And I thought my house was cluttered?!

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Sometimes it seems they are just showing off.

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

Some things get caught up in the web quite by accident, but others were purposefully placed there.

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

Do you think they are aware of all of us, the whole world, whizzing all around them?

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia Or do they live as the center of their own universe?

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

One thing is for sure.  I wouldn't want to be invited over for dinner!

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia                                     spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia                           I guess that just about wraps this up, if you'll pardon the pun!

spiders and webs at Wekiwa River State Park; arachnophobia

Arachnophobia is defined as an abnormal fear of spiders.  I don't think I have an abnormal fear.  I think I have a healthy dose of respect, fascination, and just the right amount of being creeped out and cautious!

8 Replies to “Arachnophobia: Saturday Through My Lens”

  1. I really enjoyed your post. I love the ride you take me on with your words and vision. You are so incredibly talented and I love you so much.

  2. Typical great work by you. I enjoy looking through your eyes sometimes. Have you learned about a “brown widow” that is now in the States? Clint was telling us and even found one in Tarvey’s barn and put a picture on Facebook. (of course Casey provided that I think)

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