Monthly Archive: September, 2020

Things are seldom as they appear

Sometimes, looking through a 65-mm macro lens is like having a superpower I wish I didn’t have. Lately, it’s torn open a tiny world that seems to be under constant threat of civil war. And as much as I don’t want to take sides, it’s becoming increasingly impossible not to. No matter whether in the big, real world that we’re...

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She’s gone

Charlotte’s gone. I knew the days were closing in when she failed to rebuild her web three nights in a row, but that didn’t make it any easier when I found her missing from her hiding spot in the strawberry tree. All that’s left are the remnants of a spider life well-lived. The tattered web, and its long, sturdy extension...

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Sinister (the stalking of a honeybee)

While exploring the garden today with an assortment of macro lenses, a tiny scene of disproportionately unsettling horror caught my attention. It started innocently enough when a honeybee got ensnared in a small shred of abandoned web. As I considered whether to attempt a rescue operation to free the writhing creature or wait to see if he could vibrate free...

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Fragile existence

Charlotte didn’t consume her old web or rebuild a new web last night. This disturbs me because I’m convinced she went to bed hungry. At nightfall, there was not much more than a tiny nat or two trapped on the sticky strands of her dilapetated web. A web which had taken a substantial beating throughout the day and was literally...

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Can I get a little privacy here?

After 10 days of studying Charlotte, my favorite orb-weaver spider, I was disappointed that I had yet to get a good portrait of her. You know, the kind of professional image that she’d be proud to display on her LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts – assuming spiders had a need for social media. The challenge has been that she’s...

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Nature has a plan

Following the life of a spider is both beautiful and tragic. Yesterday, while I was out walking the dogs, Charlotte caught a majestic monarch butterfly in her web. By the time I noticed, the butterfly had succumbed to her entrapment and was completely motionless. All day I hoped that this would be the last creature to fall prey to Charlotte...

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