Nature's Place

Silk Traveller

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Running to and fro around the dried orange on a stake in the garden. Inspecting for what, who knows.

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Raising his abdomen into the air he casts his sticky thread, adventuring into the unknown …

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Not once into the darkness, but more. What could be his criteria satisfied … does it feel right?

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Then at the other end he rests, how long for who knows … Not long, work still to be done.

There are many ways creatures get around, walking, flying, hopping etc. These spiders use silk.

He climbs to the highest point on his map and casts a thread of silk into the dark night, in his search for food and a mate.

First he thoroughly inspects his platform, running around with no apparent purpose, then raises his abdomen into the air and spins a sticky thread.

Taken on the light breeze, there’s always some movement of air, it lands where it will and off he goes to investigate.

Where he ends up there’s no telling, he leaves and returns along the thread and casts again.

After a while he seems satisfied his destination is reached, for now, and rests a while.

But the threads are still in place, if he needs to return, and to mark where he’s been.

Diligent little thing, never tiring in his purpose.

Way to go …

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look

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  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 18/11/2016 at 9:56 am

    What an amazingly beautiful little spider! Wonderful shots! Never have I seen clearer pictures of the small world than the ones you take.

    • Mark said, on 18/11/2016 at 3:26 pm

      Yes, wonderful little thing.

      Thanks Mary.

  2. Emily Scott said, on 17/11/2016 at 7:21 pm

    Very jazzy colours. His body looks like a boiled sweet.

    • Mark said, on 18/11/2016 at 3:23 pm

      Where we get ideas from … nature. Or there’s a face in the pattern, see #2 and 4.

  3. Cate said, on 17/11/2016 at 5:54 am

    Is it wrong to tell a member of another species that he has a nice butt? :)
    Beautiful images, Mark, and the text captures his energy and curiosity. Good traits, those.

    • Mark said, on 17/11/2016 at 12:40 pm

      It’s probably a waste of time.

      Thanks Cate.

    • slukwago said, on 20/11/2016 at 11:09 am

      I concur, Cate. Thank you, as always, Mark.

  4. Lissa said, on 17/11/2016 at 4:36 am

    Just beautiful up close. What a neat little beast in all respects. Looks like it has a floral decoration on it’s abdomen.

    • Mark said, on 17/11/2016 at 12:39 pm

      Yes, it looks like a flower. Thanks Lissa.

  5. David said, on 17/11/2016 at 2:16 am

    I love these photos of this colourful little spider, shown in a way that most of us don’t get to see it.

  6. David said, on 17/11/2016 at 12:04 am

    Nice photos and I like the way you told his story.


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