Spider Web, Costa Rica

One of the interesting things about photography is that I often forget my physical troubles when I’m taking a photograph.

When chasing sunsets or reflections, I forget that I was cold just a minute ago.   When I’m crouched, waiting for a bird to emerge from a bush, my knees don’t hurt.

In Costa Rica I learned that while I’m taking the photo, I forget that I don’t like spiders.

The product of a golden silk orb-weaver spider, this web filled the space between two posts about six feet apart and almost filled it top to bottom – a distance of about eight feet.  Our guide leaned into it with two hands, and the web stretched but didn’t break.

Spider web in foreground; out-of-focus flowers in background

PS – This post presented me with an interesting categorization problem: Is this “photos of fauna,” even though the spider itself be lacking, or “photos of built stuff,” even though all other photos in that category are stuff built by people?  It’s a puzzle.




    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim R – Setting up categories always seems like a good idea at the outset, but the world isn’t quite as neat in the flesh as it is on paper. I just decided to use both categories, on the grounds that if someone were actually searching for “similar” photos, both might be of interest.

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