Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Misty Morning

Field at dawn with spider web

I approach the misty field with the anticipation of a child on Christmas morning.
Last night a spider was at work here.
And I know now where I will find her.

single strand of silk across path

I watched as she laid down the spokes of a giant wheel, scrambling back and forth from the center to each edge. A framework on which to build--the finest silk strands anchored firmly.
Barely seen, yet perfectly placed.
Then wound them ‘round and ‘round.
And the field slipped into darkness.

Orb weaver web heavy with dew

The heaviness of a late summer’s day is left here by this cool morning. Draped like a cord of small white lights, twinkling in the first rays of sun.
The finest glass beads along each thread, bend but do not break it.

Until, with the rising light they vanish.
And the magic of a misty morning is gone.

our tree draped with lights
Christmas morning 2007

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bobbie said...

A beautiful comparison, and some marvelous pictures of the wondrous thing that is a spider's web.

Anonymous said...

Lovely, I feel like I went with you on your walk.

Robin Easton said...

Oh Nina, I cannot believe you! I go away for a few days and miss SO much here. Misty Morning brought tears to my eyes. You are amazing; you see the world the way I see it and it moves me to tears. You see the infinite detail and beauty ALL AROUND you.

The photos here are absolutely beyond magical. And the writing is a poem. Just stellar writing as well. I also have to get another camera. thanks for letting me know.

I love how you live in such a beautiful place and it is SEEN by you. Do you know the natural world around us "sees" us and if we are gentle and kind (and see it), they weave us into their world. Both by accepting our presence and by luring us into their endless beauty.

I am glad this place has you to look upon it. People don't often think of nature being compelled to create art as part of it's survival processes, but as you know so well, Nature is art in the making. The finest art in existence. And those who love her (Nature) she rewards so greatly with boundless love and beauty and magic. You are a treasure, girl. Thank you from my heart for loving this precious bit of land. Thank you. Robin

Anonymous said...

I am not so good at taking pictures of spider's webs but you seemed to have mastered the skill very well.

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Kim said...

these are beautiful photos. It is hard to capture a spider web and you did a wonderful job.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Great web shots Nina. These spiders are really busy now aren't they?.

Anonymous said...

I am always amazed by how strong and beautiful spider webs are.

Wendy said...

Lovely photos. Aren't spider webs intriguing?

kouji said...

i love the single silk strand image. lovely detail. :)

Rose said...

Such beautiful photos; I love spider webs (as long as they're not in my house!). The patterns of the webs always fascinate me; such a great example of the beauty in nature.

linda said...


You have such a way with words and your camera. Whenever I am lucky enough to see a spider constructing a web, I become mesmerized and everything stops just to admire the wonders of nature.

dguzman said...

Beautiful. Thanks, Nina.

KatDoc said...

When I enlarge the fourth photo down - WOW!! Like a crystal chandelier or a diamond necklace. Gorgeous, Nina, just gorgeous!


chrome3d said...

All of these photos were truly beautiful and delicate.

Sparverius said...

You are truly amazing with your camera and your eye for beauty.

RuthieJ said...

The spider webs are beautiful. I always marvel at the little spider's ability to create something so intricate and beautiful.