We are having perfect weather here in Seattle. Blue skies, bright sun, cold nights. The spiders are spinning webs everywhere, munching up the last of the flying meals. I find four or five new webs every morning. They are not small. We try to keep the paths clear but twice in the last week people have come to the door looking utterly freaked out and sweaty–they walked unsuspectingly through a web. Sadly, I don’t care. All I care about is that this weather smells of autumn, and I remember: my birthday is coming. Life is good.
in the kingdom of the spiders
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10 thoughts on “in the kingdom of the spiders”
No surprise, I encourage my spiders. And worry more about their webs being torn down than the people who run into them. ;D
Spiders are my favorite!
I don't much care about the spiders one way or another, but the webs are beautiful, especially when they're all dewy in the morning.
I bet you already know the story of the beautiful weaver, Arachne, who pissed off the Snake Haired Lady, Medusa, who promptly turned her into a spider. It's always been one of my favorites. Medusa could have turned Arachne into stone, but instead just made her weave all the time. You like to keep people a little off balance, don't you?
Heh, I've long called my cellar the spider kingdom.
I agree — spider webs are beautiful. And yes, especially when laden with dew. A little backlight, and you've got magic. A rare sight down here that appears to be easy to spot up there.
I see two (that appear to be humongous – must be big spiders) in that photo pretty close together. There could be millions out there…. Wow.
Spiders, eh, I won't kill them, but I don't love 'em either.
Barbara, I love the ancient Greek/Roman myths. Thanks for reminding me. But was it Medusa or Athena/Minerva who turned Arachne into a spider? Methinks, you are thinking of Minerva…
It was Athena.
She also gets muddled into the Medusa cycle because Perseus supposedly gave her the shield he used when cutting off Medusa's head. (And because poor old Medusa was a beautiful priestess/handmaid of Athena whom Athena cursed and turned into the monster gorgon.) Eh, they all had sex with everyone and cursed everyone else…
But, you know, y'all enjoy.
I was wrong! I was wrong! Okay? Medusa, Athena it's still a hell of a tale. My love of Greek myth exceeds my erudition by a mile.
Yep, a hell of a tale. You had the right idea! Close enough.
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