Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Spider Story

Love them or hate them, spiders are no doubt some pretty impressive creatures that use the silk they produce in a number of different fantastic applications.

I saw two interesting spiders nearby a creek this morning. I actually thought of just sitting beside the creek, listening to the soothing calling of flowing water, and that’s all. I was then distracted again when the reflection of morning light from a cob web caught my attention.

Through viewfinder, I happened to see a spider drawing sticky silk with its leg while moving in a straight line manner. Nothing came into my mind at first. I was a bit cleverer later with the help of Google. This spider was either strengthening the thin thread until it was strong enough to support the rest of the web, or just like a mountain climber, it was building a safety line on which it could quickly backtrack if it got in trouble.

And.... did this spider fly, or walk down and up to bring the first thread to the other side? This had not been thought before, and I bet you are not much better than me. Does the question sound interesting? The simple fact is that a spider releases a sticky thread that is blown away with the wind. Wherever the silken line goes, the first bridge is formed.

Then, how was the second spider? Not far away from the hard working spider, the later seemed to live in a different world. Just like a hammock, this spider was lying on the web doing something that I had been doing. If I could magnify the picture further, you can see it was far more better than me: wearing a pair of sunglasses, putting on headphones and shaking its head and body while enjoying “We Will Rock You” by Queen. How cool it is to have done this on top of a creek.

Aren't lives in the wild full of fun and excitement?

23 comments:

Bengbeng said...

i am beginning to feel like i am lazy when compared to a spider

Loshini said...

Beautiful creek, rainfield. That spider walked the tight rope across running water. He's very brave...

Autumn Belle said...

The spiders look like the flying trapeze of a circus. When I see the running water of the creek, I wish that some fishes will swim by. What an enjoyable trip you have had.

The Retired One said...

EEEEkkkkkkk!!!!

wenn said...

i never like spider!

Diane AZ said...

So that's how they get their webs to reach across a gap! You have solved a great mystery.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Such lean and mean little acrobats. The photo capture are amazing Rainfield.

eileeninmd said...

Loved your post, great photos! I really loved the last paragraph, very funny. Do you like Queen's music?

betchai said...

beautiful shots of the creek, and the spiders gave you company. I actually love spiders, oh too bad I did not heve camera when I was a child, but your pictures brought me memories of my childhood.

VanillaSeven said...

Water spider is a rare sight here :0 Nice one rainfield! :)

Mei Teng said...

I think spiders are beautiful creatures but the big and deadly ones are creepy.

Glennis said...

You have such an eye for nature, you capture things most of us never even see. Wonderful.

Harumi said...

That was a question I always wondered and you just answered it today. Thanks a lot Rain! ^__^

Awesome pics of spiders. The 2nd one is a daring fella to be that near to the waters. It sure is nice to be a spider. lol

PS: I too like the song 'We will rock you'.

Ratty said...

These spiders look a little bit scary, but they are fun to watch from a safe distance of only an arms length.Watching them walk their webs and use them as little parachutes is fascinating. And the second one seems to have great taste in music.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful place to sit and listen to the flowing water, rainfield. (But then you have to go and spot spiders...)

rainfield61 said...

Bengbeng:
You mean you are wearing a pair of sunglasses, and shaking your body with a glass of cola on hand...

Loshini:
The spider will not drop, the silken line is so sticky and strong. BTW, it is very brave in front of a bee. Do you see this?

Autumn Belle:
I wish I saw nothing but just sitting still. It was good to see these spiders. It was bad to be distraced too.

The Retired One:
Goooooooooooddddddddd.

wenn:
You will never like a spider. You just love them. LOL.

Diane:
But they cannot decide their destination. Sigh..and if breeze stops to blow...

Poetic Shutterbug:
The acrobats perform the show day in and day out. It is free for all.

eileeninmd:
I like the last paragraph, and some of the Queen's music.

betchai:
You are having a camera and a very good photography skill. You will capture more better pictures than mine. Wait to see yours.

VanillaSeven:
This spider was hanging around on top of the water. So relaxing, but not me whom had been the same intially.

Mei Teng:
An ugly one can appear to be pretty under a macro shot. Don;t you know?

Glennis:
Haha, I have trees, spiders, birds, mushrooms, etc in my eyes.
My eyes are so heavy right now.

Harumi:
Yes, you are absolutely right.It sure is nice to be a spider, and to shout the song "We will rock you".

Ratty:
It is really cool to be in black, and to attend a rock concert in this colour.

Icy:
And then they spoiled my free state of mind while I was doing soul searching. I ended up searching for them.

CH said...

Rainfield, please, don't tempt me to fall in love with these spiders.

Erggg......

Life Ramblings said...

i'm not a fan of spiders.

Cheryl said...

Wonderful water photo, I would love to sit beside it and just relax. Running water like this can be very relaxing. As for the spiders, they are very interesting and hard working.

Kirigalpoththa said...

I'm a die-hard fan of spiders!

Ayie said...

i like the running water and like LR not so fond of spiders too

Out on the prairie said...

Do you realize we eat 3-5 spiders a year , mostly in our sleep?Where I live you only see a few but there can be up to 30,000 per acre in the prairie.

Regina said...

Entirely plausible..having a safty line to backtrack with..we could all use one of those! Wishing you an enjoyable day tomorrow!