Silent Sunday

Jan-Sep11 276

Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) on Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina)

About Eliza Waters

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36 Responses to Silent Sunday

  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Oh wow, Eliza. Very cool. That may be my favorite so far. The way you got the web and the spider and the plant. The design is exquisite. It would be fun to play with cropping and create different abstract designs (keeping the original of course!). I love this.

  2. ladygrace33 says:

    So beautifully captured ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Beautiful Eliza! I suppose the visceral hatred many humans have of spiders is understandable since some can harm us but it seems a shame since so many are beneficial.

  4. derrycats says:

    What a stunning photo. Just love it.

  5. Debra says:

    My favourite spider of all. They are magnificent. Great photo.

  6. that Web is STUNNING! Such perfection.

  7. Maria F. says:

    What a great shot with the web!

  8. Jewels says:

    Wow! This is stunning. Even though I’m horrified by spiders, they are such incredible creatures and their webs are so amazing! Enjoy your Sunday Eliza โค

  9. Eliza, you really capture a garden so well. This is a wonderful photo ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Val Boyko says:

    Such a clever photo Eliza and beautifully positioned. ๐Ÿ™‚
    The cobwebs are starting to look great at this time of year. Can’t wait for mornings glistening with dew!

  11. mk says:

    What perfect framing, with the web interposed between spider & lamb’s ears. A gorgeous shot!

    And what a coincidence… last evening I read of a HUGE communal spider web down in Texas. I’d never heard of such a thing.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks for your kind praise, M!
      Cool link. The last paragraph was telling of the typical human mindset. So long as they don’t hurt us, I guess we don’t have to kill them. (Arrggh!)

  12. Joanne says:

    Spiders are such talented weavers, and so fast and accurate too. It looks like you “friend” chose a place to make his home where no one will curse walking through his web either. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Kathy Sturr says:

    Oh, how beautiful – scary – but fascinatingly beautiful! I had one of these in my flowers in Maine I fondly referred to as Frankenstein because of that jagged little web weave. I do not have these in my garden here in NY but I also remember them from my childhood in WI – running through the fields. I was terrified I would run into one of their webs which they would weave between the tall blades of grass.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They are big, but quite docile. I think they would rather run away than bite. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love spiders like I do bees and wasps. They do us a great service, but I leave them alone to do their work!

      • Kathy Sturr says:

        Ha ha – me, too. I left the hornet’s nest in my greenhouse – no heart to kill them. The greenhouse is full of weeds. I look forward to a frost so I can go in there and clean it out. I’m sure the hornet’s did great work in the garden and I believe that once they nest in one place they don’t again? Or was that paper wasps? Let’s hope next year they move.

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  15. Rebecca says:

    Hi Eliza, one of the commenters above suggested you ‘play’ with this image, but I think it’s just beautiful and awe-filling exactly as it is. It’s one my favourite photos of yours :).
    PS Re your post about SPAM, I haven’t checked my SPAM folders but I will next time I’m going through my blog, just in case.

  16. Amazing …beautiful! I have one of these plants in my perennial garden here in WI…but I do not know its’ name. I see an interesting plant, and I plant it…LOL…I am sure you know the name, Eliza! What a wonderful photograph! Spiders are amazing! Though I do not like them crawling on my face. I was sleeping in my room in Kiriko, Kenya, many years ago, and I felt something crawling on me. I lit the candle (no electricity except for 2 hours per day) and saw this gigantic spider scurrying away…I never did find it…but I had a bite on my face an inch in circumference for many months and still have a scar to this day. What memories your photograph brought back to me!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Jane. The plant is lamb’s ears, Stachys byzantina. What an amazing spider story. It is a wonder that you still think they are amazing after that experience. Fear and dread would be expected, so glad you didn’t hold the grudge! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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