Montana Outdoors

April 23, 2012

Easily distracted

Filed under: Nature — Tags: — montucky @ 12:22 am

It is wildflower season, and today my plan was to post a few photos of the species that are beginning to bloom here now. Then this morning my wife said something like “Honey, you should see this…” and that plan was changed because the morning light was just right to illuminate the artwork of a couple of busy arachnids in a lilac bush. Well, the flowers can wait another day, can’t they?

Spider web

Spider web

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  1. excellent. I have been trying to get a good cobweb picture for ages .. finding one when the lighting is good, without objects in the way, with a little moisture … it is tough. Great shots.

    Comment by bearyweather — April 23, 2012 @ 2:52 am

    • Conditions must have been just right during the night for there to be just a little dew on the webs, and it was lucky to catch sight of them when the light was just right.

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

  2. Artwork indeed. The web and your photography.

    Comment by Debby — April 23, 2012 @ 3:30 am

  3. Thank goodness she saw it.The web is beautiful. I love flowers, but would never pass up a dewy spiderweb.

    Comment by sandy — April 23, 2012 @ 5:51 am

    • Webs like these always amaze me. Those little critters know what they are doing!

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

  4. Incredible shots. I don’t know that I’ve actually beheld scenes like these but once or twice in my lifetime…so nice.

    Comment by seekraz — April 23, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    • It’s a treat when the light conditions on webs are as good as they were here.

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

  5. Such a beautiful capture! If I get out early enough in the morning, I’ll see webs like this around the boats. Apparently spiders can make a pretty good living in the midst of all that fiberglass and stainless steel. Believe it or not, there’s a varnishing rule of thumb I learned from an old-timer: “Don’t lay varnish until the webs are dry”. I haven’t tested it scientifically, but I do pay attention.

    Comment by shoreacres — April 23, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    • That rule of thumb makes very good sense. I suspect that a web would pick up every bit of extra humidity during the night.

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

  6. Great shots…I am on the same page as bearyweather…looking for years!

    Comment by dhphotosite — April 23, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    • We see lots of cobwebs around here, but we are very spider-friendly too. (Except for Black Widows and Brown Recluse.)

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

  7. Awesome! I just have to always make sure I know where the spider is when shooting a cobweb. ;-)

    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — April 23, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    • I don’t know where the spiders were on these webs. I usually check because I find them interesting. Anyway, these were taken at a distance with a telephoto lens.

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

  8. Strings of pearls. Lovely!

    Comment by Kim — April 23, 2012 @ 10:18 am

  9. Wow! Pretty cool capture..

    Comment by Roberta — April 23, 2012 @ 11:25 am

  10. Nice shots!

    Comment by Cornel Apostol — April 23, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  11. gorgeous!

    Comment by laura — April 23, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

  12. Great images of natures artwork. It is so pleasing to walk on a heavy dew morning and observe a field full of art. Each piece adapted to fit the structure available to work with.

    Comment by Grampy — April 24, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    • Yes, the way they adapt to the surroundings and engineer the whole thing is amazing. It’s really a very successful hunting method.

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

  13. I’d be distracted by the spider webs, too! I’m always on the search for dewy spider webs like these…. still looking!
    Awesome shots!

    Comment by TheDailyClick — April 24, 2012 @ 3:23 am

    • I think the temperature and humidity conditions must have to be just right.

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

  14. Beautiful – like strings of captured moments. Excellent photos!

    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 24, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    • They are really amazing when conditions are just right to highlight them. It’s a lucky thing.

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  15. Visible webs like that aren’t seen that often-I think I’ve taken maybe 2 pictures of one over the course of 30 years or so. Now that I think of it though, Grampy over at the Goat Sass Farm blog seems to see them all the time. Great shots!

    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 24, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    • These were quite photogenic, but we see lots of webs, partly I’m sure because of our rural setting. We are also pretty spider-friendly. I always carefully catch the ones inside the house and release them back outside unharmed. In turn they catch lots of mosquitos (or so I like to think).

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  16. Great shots, Montucky! I’ve only captured cobwebs in photos when there was frost hanging on them. Thanks for sharing these!

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 24, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    • Yes, they are beautiful with frost too! Even more contrast there.

      Comment by montucky — April 24, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

  17. Yes, the flowers can wait. Those webs are exquisite.

    Comment by Tammy — April 24, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

  18. The artwork’s great but I’m not fond of arachnids…at all.

    Comment by Candace — April 25, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    • I know many people don’t like them. I remember one of my friends when I was in the military who just couldn’t stand them.

      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

  19. Beautiful. Your wife certainly brought your attention to them at the right moment. I find that there is only a short window of time in the early morning that work for taking spiderweb photos.

    Comment by kateri — April 25, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    • Yes, the light needs to be just perfect, and to catch them with dew, the temperature and humidity have to be just right too.

      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

  20. Great shots! I need to find a dewy web :)

    Comment by Watching Seasons — April 26, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  21. There are two beauties: spider webs and Your photos. Your wife has eye for photographs and You fulfill the art. Love these photos.

    Comment by Sartenada — April 27, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    • Thanks Matti! So much of photography seems to be just the luck of being in the right place at the right time!

      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

  22. Lovely pictures, especially the first one. We don’t see webs like that here in the UK until the autumn.

    Comment by Finn Holding — April 27, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    • Here, there are periods in spring time and autumn when just about the same conditions occur. Today, for example, where I was hiking there were snowflakes in the air.

      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

  23. ooohhh….I love these photos. something about the awesom-ness of spider webs….

    Comment by skouba — April 27, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

  24. love, love, love the second one… such dimension!

    Comment by kcjewel — April 27, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    • I was very pleased to see it. It just seemed to hang there in space and just moments later all but disappeared.

      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2012 @ 10:55 pm


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