I saw this walking Mouse yesterday.

My first thought was that someone had hung up a CD as a bird-scarer – people do that, don’t they, hoping the sun flashing on the silver side will scare birds off vegie gardens, etc? The photo doesn’t quite communicate how silvery and shiny it was, creating the illusion of solidity. But why was it here, on the bank of a creek in a shady, little-used picnic area?

When I got closer, I realised an industrious spider had created a very nearly perfect circle of web, which was now laden with tiny drops of condensation glittering in the sun. Isn’t it a marvellous natural world, where you can confuse a spider web and a CD?

Or maybe I’m just getting old and my eyes are going…

11 thoughts on “Spider-Tech

  1. Chris S in Canada says:

    Nope nothing wrong with your eyes or your age. It is a marvellous natural thing you saw and your brain is agile enough to make comparisons and connections. Then it is still amazed to see this thing of beauty. Just wonderful!!
    Will not show my daughter. She has a “thing” about spiders and not in a good way.

    • katechiconi says:

      It looked completely solid for a second or two…
      Yeah, I won’t tell you how big the spider was. This IS Australia, after all…!

      • Chris S in Canada says:

        I was kind of trying not to think about the spider. I’m ok with them, however I suspect I may have limits that have not been tested.

        Will just admire its handiwork – if that’s the right word?

  2. magpiesue says:

    Now that’s a thing of beauty. Amazing how perfectly symmetrical it looks.

  3. That is amazing! Clever spider!

  4. claire93 says:

    don’t fancy meeting the spider that spun that, but am happy to admire its work ^^

  5. Beautiful. We see so much when we really look. I am awed at what spiders can do. Watch one spin a silk thread and hang there waiting for a breeze to blow it onto a nearby branch so it can join two distances into one perfectly spun web — what a lesson in persistence, trust, and hope…

    • katechiconi says:

      The sheer strength of spider silk has always amazed me, and some of the very huge webs you get from, for example, Golden Orb Weaver spiders in the far north are almost unbreakable. The spiders are huge, but harmless…

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