Below are a few photos I took the other day - so many beautiful surprises!
|Dewdrops clung to pine needles on pine trees growing along the shoreline|
Rowing along the lake's perimeter, I was amazed by all the spiderwebs! Almost every wetland plant boasted a gossamer display, a dazzling sight amid the morning mist.
|Peelbark St. John's wort plant veiled in webs|
I saw beauty in the spiderwebs but the spiders that wove them were after function, not art. A stong, well-positioned web = food, and food = life. Function, art and beauty seamlessly interwoven.
I hope all the spiders that built those webs caught many insects. Who needs pest control when spiders are on the job!
|Cicada entangled in a spiderweb|
|I'd wear that...|
Sometimes I have to row for a while before I see something interesting to photograph but that's not what happened this time. It took no time at all to find another amazing spiderweb.
|This one reminds me of a doily on the arm of a couch in my mother's house when I was little...|
It was dark out when I took the previous two pictues but by the time I rowed to the north end of the lake, the sun had broken through the mist and was beginning to brighten the sky. Light reached the pickerelweeds where spiders created a mass of billowing webs.
|And this one, woven among the pickerelweed leaves, is billowing in the breeze|
My morning row was filled with treasures. So much happens outside at night while I'm inside in bed. I may miss the night magic but I'm glad at least some traces remain for me to find at dawn.