Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 26 June 2022

Sunday Selections #587

 

 

 
Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image. 

The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 

I usually run with a theme. This week?  I am continuing my early morning theme (though I was out most of yesterday and hope to share photos from that outing in future weeks).  I continue to get up before dawn and well before sparrow fart.  I continue to go out with the camera at first light.

And it is worth it.






The last photo was taken on a foggy morning.  Nothing to see?  Not so but far otherwise.  I could see something glistening in the garden and went to investigate.

Spider webs, covered in foggy dew and shining in the early morning light.  So I stayed outside and took rather a lot more photos (some of which I will inflict on you).  Apologies to those who are not spider fans.  I am, and admire their architecture too.  I didn't see a single spider, though no doubt they were there.








 



The fog didn't lift until nearly lunchtime, but the spiderwebs brightened my day.

I hope you find beauty in unexpected places too.


 

143 comments:

  1. Hi EC - it's beautiful, even if it's winter - not my favourite time - but beauty can be found ... thanks for sharing the photos you've taken for us. Those spider webs are just beautiful ... especially dripping with dew - great for insects and nature even. Cheers - looking forward to your outing and news on it - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I firmly believe there is always beauty about - for which I am grateful. I really loved the spider webs and was pleased that so many spiders obviously thrive in the garden.

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  2. Absolutely beautiful EC, I love watching the shape of the clouds, and that are brilliant spiders making web, beautiful.

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    1. Bob Bushell: I do hope you are feeling better. I love watching clouds at any time of day - and the spider webs were a bonus.

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  3. Though I'm not fond of spiders invading my personal space, I do value their contributions and I certainly love your photos of their architectural feats! The blazing skies are lovely as well.
    I'm hoping you have a week filled with joy and wonder to stave off reality. :) Hugs to you and scritches to Captain Spike.

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    1. River Fairchild: I escort spiders who venture into the house outside - rather than let himself kill them any way he can. Outside they fill me with wonder. Reality? Not a game I feel like playing at the moment. Captain Chainyanker and I thank you. As always.

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  4. Those webs are gorgeous. And how amazing that spiders have the ability to make them!

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    1. Bea: I find webs fascinating - though I would prefer not to stick my face in them. And yes, I am in awe at the architectural wonder of them.

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  5. So worthwhile! I enjoy our morning rambles. I too admire the spiders

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    1. Cloudia: Hooray for spider appreciators. And thank you.

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  6. "I hope you find beauty in unexpected places too."

    Thank you!

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    1. Sandi: I firmly believe it is there, and hope you find it.

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  7. Inflict away! Your spider web pics are gorgeous. They build cathedrals in the shady parts of our garden and when I walk through there I emerge with their ruins in my hair. But, industry personified (or perspidified), they are completely restored next time I go through. Sometimes tiny blossoms get caught in them and I'm convinced that whoever designed netting with tiny jewels must have taken their inspiration from spiders!

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    1. molly: There are lots of webs in our garden too - and I always feel guilty when I walk through them. You are right that the first creators of lace webbing must have been inspired by spiders. And struggle to match the beauty.

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  8. That is a huge spider web!!!

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    1. Caterina: There were some big ones and some teeny-weeny ones. I appreciated them all.

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  9. Dear EC
    Stunning web photos. Webs are quite incredible things, particularly when you can admire their beautiful patterns. Lovely skies too.
    I hope you have a good week
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: They really are amazing aren't they? And often so intricate. I hope your week is packed with garden and craft beauty.

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  10. I love your beautiful lacy spiderweb photos. I am a fan, and aso a fan of YOU my dear friend. Sending you many fond thoughts as I return to the pictures and savor them a little more.

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  11. WoW those webs look amazing! Nature artwork is always perfect.

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    1. bread and salt: Nature is THE best artist and I love her galleries.

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  12. Spider architecture. I like that. Also like pictures with lights showing through as in the 6th one.
    Have a wondrous weekend, my friend.
    Sandra sandracox.blogspot.com

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    1. Sandra Cox: Blogger is still refusing to let you identify yourself? Hiss and spit. The house across the road leaves their outside lights on all night and they often feature in my early morning photos. How I wish that our architects and builders had a fraction of the spider's skills.

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  13. Wow, your spiderweb photos are stunning! I love those foggy, misty days; although I won't be sad if we don't get many between now and the end of summer. After 9 months of "foggy and misty", I'm enjoying the bright sun and heat today!

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    1. Diane Henders: We will have quite a bit of fog and mist in the coming months. Today is crisp, clear and on the chilly side. Enjoy your heat - and feel free to keep it.

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  14. You're a braver, keener lady than I am, EC. I need a crane to drag me out of bed these mornings,and not just to lift all the covers off me!:)

    Take good care...keep warm in the week ahead. Cuddles to Jazz. I hope he's doing well. :)

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    1. This is Lee!!!! Why blogger has decided I'm suddenly anonymous, I have not a clue!!!

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    2. Lee: No courage involved. I don't mind the cold, and insomnia (and Jazz) get me up early. I hope you and the furry overlords have a wonderful week. For the moment (which I hope lasts) Jazz is doing pretty well.

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  15. I'm not a fan of spiders and like you I escort the ordinary spiders outdoors whenever they take residence in my home. However, I love the lessons they can teach us, like perseverance and patience and also the intricate patterns of their webs inspired people to imitate their web designs in crochet to decorate their homes with. They spin silk traps to catch insects. They are really amazing when you think of it. I'm afraid of black jumping spiders and we have some that comes in the home. I'm sorry to say, that I swat those.

    Your red skies are absolutely beautiful. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.

    Enjoy the beauty that nature provides free of charge to anyone who want to partake in the gift.
    Hugs,
    Julia
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: For some reason blogger decided that you (and Joanne Noragon) were spam. I have recued both of you. I am fascinated by spiders and some of them are beautiful. I appreciate the job of work that they do too. We have venomous spiders, but they too I leave alive. And the red-backs rarely come inside anyway.
      Our red skies cleared to a day that sailors would relish.

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  16. Ah, the morning light! ;-) And that excellent architecture!
    Spiders are not killed indoors in Seanhenge, either.

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    1. Sean Jeating: I am totally unsurprised that you don't kill spiders.

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  17. Love the jewelled webs. When I feel like annoying the spiders, I sprinkle glitter on their webs.

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: And just how often do you feel the need to annoy spiders? There is no glitter here, even if I was so inclined.

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    2. Every so often. I have visions of them sitting up all night cleaning it off and cursing me. Looks pretty for a day.

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    3. J Cosmo Newbery: I wonder whether, like crows, spiders recognise and remember people who have done them wrong. Perhaps each time you go outside spiders are warning their children about you...

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    4. Probably. Everyone else does. :-)

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  18. Ha, at this time of the year even I am up before dawn.
    Sometimes something in nature makes me doubt evolution. Surely the ability of spiders to create such complex beauty must have come from a higher plane.

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    1. Andrew: But are you up multiple hours before dawn? I do understand where you are coming from, but disagree. I put it down to yet more that we do not yet, and may never know.

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  19. My father used to invent the most unusual gifts. One of these: he found those wonderful spiderwebs in the morning. He carefully sprayed them with white spray paint, then adhered them to black paper. Then he framed them and presented them as gifts.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I am so glad that I rescued you from spam. That is a most unusual gift - and something my father would have appreciated immensely.

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  20. Beautiful skies in the morning and spider webs. I also escort ordinary spiders outside except the jumping black spiders as they scare me. They come into the house through the little vents holes on the windows frames and I swat them with the fly swatter. I found one on my pillow a few weeks ago when I went to climb in bed. It did not appeal to me one bit. lol...

    We can learn from spiders, patience for one, and beautiful patterns for crochet for another. It's amazing how they build their webs with silk they produce from their own bodies as they need it. It's also amazing how they wrap their victims to immobilize them. This is too intricate to be evolution by chance. There is a design by God and every species of spiders are unique. There are more than 45,000 species of spiders according to National Geographic. Certainly a lot of interesting behavior for sure. They get rid of a lot of insects.

    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: Rotten spam folder. Bad blogger, bad, bad blogger. Both of your comments are now here. I put the incredible variety of nature down to evolution - but am blown away.

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  21. I absolutely love and honour spiders who keep those pesky insects at bay. I have never killed a spider no matter where I found them wandering. Their webs are a work of art and their patience in waiting for prey to be admired. Lovely shots EC.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: I am with you. At least 1000 per cent.

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  22. The skies in those first photos is such an unusual colour and it's beautiful. And I love the spiderwebs. I was going to ask how big the spiders are, though, until I saw your reply above (some big, some tiny). Those photos are amazing. You really caught them at the right moment. Have a good week, dear friend.

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    1. jenny_o: I didn't see the spiders but the size of the webs was so varied I can only assume that the spider size also differed. And I delighted in the sky. Of course. I hope you week is good - as you continue the countdown to no more eye drop supervision.

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  23. I've never seen a spiderweb like the ones you showed. These are incredible, huge, and impressive. Your sky shots are quite an unusual color. Perhaps it's due to the atmosphere, but the color seems to be bursting with fire. Great shots, dear.

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    1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth: Those webs were a gift weren't they? They seem to have disappeared now, but I will have a look in the early morning later in the week. I wondered about the colours of the sky too - but delighted in it.

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  24. The webs they weave and the ones we weave---intricate and beautiful, all to catch a fly.

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    1. Strayer: I much prefer spider's webs to the ones we weave.

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  25. The cobwebs are amazing and thanks for sharing them and getting up early to take photos for Sunday..

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    1. Margaret D: Thank you. I am always up early, though I may not be suitably attired to go outside...

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  26. The webs are amazing. I haven't seen any in my garden, but that may be because I get up too late, with my bed being so warm and comfortable. I remember one I saw about a year after I moved here, stretching from the washing line right down to the ground and across to the rubbish bins. Don't remember if I ever posted that photo.

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    1. River: Himself rarely sees the webs either - which is probably just as well because he is seriously spider phobic. A web stretching from the clothes line to the ground sounds seriously big. I don't think you did post it. Do you still have the photo in your files?

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  27. Hot here today--- no dew on the webs. I always find beauty on your Sunday selections.

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    1. Bill: Thank you. That is very nice to hear since I try to include beauty in most of my Sunday Selections.

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  28. Gorgeous photos of the dawn. I have to be up around 4 in the morning to photograph sunrise here at this time of year - so that doesn't happen very often, even for an early riser like me. Seeing all those bejewelled webs makes you realise that they must be there all the time, though not visible to our hurrying eyes.

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    1. John "By Stargoose And Hanglands": I don't have to be up particularly early to see the dawns at the moment, but do see dawn all year round. The glitter in the early morning light sent me looking for the webs, but you are right, they are there all the time. In quantity.

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  29. Lovely shots of the dawn, Sue, and an equally impressive array of spider webs, essential construction material in the nests of many birds. So much is lost to people who never see the sun come up.

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: I enjoy the dawn - but am the only one in this household who sees it regularly. Which is fine. I enjoy seeing it by myself. Not only are spider webs very useful to birds I am sure that the spiders themselves form a welcome part of many birds diet.

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  30. I love those dew-laden cobwebs. It's the thing that makes our autun´mn days bearable. I'm happy to say that I sleep beyond sunrise as it happens at 4.25 rigth now. But your dawn photos are inspiring.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): I am glad that you are able to sleep through the dawn. And thank you.

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  31. Those webs are amazing! How are you?

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    1. e: Less amazing than the webs. How are you and Lukas doing?

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  32. Beautiful beautiful webs. I enthusiastically recommend Charlotte’s Web by EB White. One of those books that lives with me and cheers me up.

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    1. Frances: I love Charlotte's Web, and you have reminded me that I need to reread it. Again.

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    2. Frances: Do you have a blog where I can find you? Blogger is flatly refusing to let me follow you home using your name.

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    3. Frances: Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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  33. Fog and spider webs…perfect! The advancing light of morning is a wonder every day!

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  34. the spider webs are amazing

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  35. I love spiders and spider webs. Looks like the spiders were busy and were definitely hiding about. Glad you got to see such beauty on a foggy day. Love the photos when the sun is just coming up too. So much to bring us joy outside in nature. :) ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Thank you. Nature and the early morning bring me solace and heart balm. Every day.

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  36. Such happy spider webs! I hope they dried out well.

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    1. John Wiswell: I am pretty certain they did. They will get damp almost every morning, but seem to survive well. Heavy rain can be more of a challenge, but the industrious owners seem to be up to it.

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  37. EC, you bring some peace into the life of this citizen of a country in terrible turmoil.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie Junebug: My heart aches for the women in your country. And for their children.

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  38. I am not a big fan of spiders as they bite. But the webs are interesting. love the sunrises! Gigi hawaii

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    1. Gigi Hawaii: Thank you. Very few spiders bite people. I have been bitten twice now - which is much less often than I have been bitten by a wide variety of other things.

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  39. Lovely photos and even though not a spider fan awesome spiderwebs, I hope you have a great new week,

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  40. Dawn is worth catching quite often. Where we live, we can't see it, but we have a fabulous view of the sunset. Also, i'm often at work by sunrise so the only time i see it is on my week of vacation.

    How i do love the arachnids, and their wonderful webs.

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    1. messymimi: You do see (and share) some incredible sunsets. I hope you occasionally see the dawn on your way to work.

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  41. The "first light" photos are lovely. I love tree silhouettes and dawn and dusk capture them so beautifully. I'm so glad you stayed out to photograph the spider webs, though. These are marvelous. I think the architecture they spin is amazing. They are nature's artists.

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    1. Elizabeth Varadan: Thank you. I am with you on the beauty of tree silhouettes - and of dawn and dusk too. Nature has so many incredible artists, and spiders are certainly right up there.

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  42. You are a tough woman to handle those cold mornings and a kind woman to share your beaut photographs. The webs are amazing. I watched a documentary yesterday where one of the people had a tiny spider quietly making a web around her ear. It was very cute.

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    2. Kim: How did you reclaim your identity? I know that many people are struggled and miffed at being classified as anonymous.
      The dread disease means that while I can get cold it takes a while and lower temperatures than it does for many. A spider making a web around her ear? I am not certain I could sit still for that.

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      The spider was tiny, I'm sure the woman hadn't realised it was there especially when she was concentrating and not used to being filmed. It was quite cute.

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    4. Kim: Thank you. What a pain. Blogger's improvements are a blight. Tiny spiders are cute - but so close to an ear? Shudder. I am glad that she hadn't realised it - and that it didn't go down her ear (of spin its web there).

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  43. I've always like how the sun's light color the clouds. Pink and always clouds always seems fun to me. Not much a fan of spiders but their web always look intriguing to me. These are nice shots.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. lissa: I delight in skyscapes and have many, many folders of photos reflecting that. Webs blow me away. So intricate, and often so very beautiful. Thank you.

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    1. Hena Tayeb: Thank you. Sadly blogger decided you were spam. I have rescued you, and complained. Again.

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  45. Aiy yai yai! What a beauty. The sky, the web.

    No. 12 looks as though there's a dancer on the left...that stick. I love the way you see the world, so much beauty, free for all of us.

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): Thank you. We live in a beautiful world and I am very happy to celebrate and share that beauty.

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  46. Those spiderwebs are absolutely amazing. They're so perfect with the condensation on them. Also, interestingly, a lot more space in those webs their our spider-boys out here.

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    1. H.R.Bennett: I am fascinated by the difference in spacing and wonder why. Are our spiders after bigger prey?

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  47. A lovely selection of photographs.
    Spiders webs are amazing aren't they, works of art ... although I prefer to see them outdoors and not inside!

    Have a lovely week.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: I prefer them outside too, and go to considerable lengths to usher inside spiders outside. I marvel at their work though.
      You have a wonderful week too.

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  48. Stunning skyscapes! I'm not a fan of spiders but a huge admirer of their architecture. Winter in the higher latitudes is so very different and beautiful. And your photos show that spectacularly well. Thank you.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you. We are not very high - but high enough to have four distinct seasons which I really appreciate despite not liking one of those seasons.

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  49. Good morning, Early Bird. Hope you are catching more beautiful sunrises AND naps here and there.
    Hugs
    Sandra sandracox.blogspot.com

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    1. Sandra Cox: I am catching sunrises. And naps. Naps are GOOD. It is some hours before sunrise here, and decidedly chilly. Freezing bubbles may be possible today. Which has me smiling.

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  50. I love the pictures of the web covered by rain droplets. It looks really beautiful :)

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    1. Damyanti Biswas: I thought so too. I may have a look when it is light later and see if the webs are frozen this morning...

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    2. Oh, I bet they'd look supremely wonderful! :D

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    3. Damyanti Biswas: I couldn't see them yesterday but will keep looking.

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  51. Getting up before dawn is the most special time of the day Sue and then to see the sun rise for another day to be enjoyed is also special. Your photographs are beautiful. The intrinsic design of each spider's web is fascinating and miraculous and when covered in raindrops are exquisite. Unfortunately I have had to return to IOW again as my daughter Gillian needed to have the operation which was done on Monday so I will be here to look after here for at least 3 weeks. She is in terrible pain, even worse than from the accident and it will take her a very long time to recover, Although I still try to make daily posts ahead of time, my time on commenting is very limited. I hope you understand that. I hope you are keeping well so keep the camera rolling to capture your garden and many more interesting things around you.

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    1. Margaret Birding For Pleasure: Thank you. I hope that your daughter makes a quick and complete recovery. Family issues are much more important than commenting on blogs.

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  52. Gorgeous spider web. Probably a big spider when that web is so big. Greetings from "orvokki"

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    1. orvokki: I didn't see any of the spiders but agree that some of them were probably big. And skilled architects.

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  53. Wow those webs are works of art. I remember coming across some very big ones when we lived in the country. I always admired them too.

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    1. mail4rosey: Our garden is home to a LOT of insects. I do like the spiders' work and hope they continue to thrive.

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  54. Those spider webs are awesome. I like spiders and usually pick them up and take them back outside.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: Thank you. I escort spiders outside too. Himself really, really cannot cope with them.

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  55. Please continue to inflict pictures:)
    Hugs,

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  56. Beautiful. This is where I stay
    Kiss

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  57. Such lovely sunrise pictures, Sue, and the spider webs are gorgeous. Spiders freak me out. I'm with himself! I hope you are enjoying a good week.

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    1. Fundy Blue: Thank you. You are not alone. Quite a lot of people are freaked out by spiders.

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  58. Love the pastels and the beautiful spider webs. Nature's wonders

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    1. The Blog Fodder: Nature has a LOT of wonders doesn't she?

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  59. That spider's web...... just staring at it in awe...... nature's creations.

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    1. Haddock: Thats you and me both. Nature has so much to amaze and delight us.

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  60. My goodness you've amazing beautiful spiderwebs in Australia which begs the question what kind of spiders have you got? because they must be dedicated ones and quite big too I suspect.

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    1. Spacer Guy: We have quite a range of spiders, in size and in species. These industrious beauties brightened my day. They are orb weavers but more than that I don't know. It is currently raining and I suspect that the webs are again bejewelled.

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  61. There's nothing quite so beautiful as a dew covered web.....except maybe a frozen bubble.
    I hope you're doing ok

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    1. kylie: Thank you. No frozen bubbles here yet, though we came close one morning this week. The webs were a definite consolation.

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  62. wow look at those webs, hope the spiders are not as big great photography x

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    1. aussie aNNie: I didn't even see the spiders but suspect they were fairly small.

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  63. Great photos! Always enjoy the scenery and I dearly love a foggy morning. Your spider's web shots are wonderful! They are amazing fetes of arachnid engineering :) You captured them perfectly.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. I am awed and impressed by spider architecture and building skills too.

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  64. The sky photos are breathtaking! I hate spiders, but their webs are very cool to see. I photographed some a few years back, but they were much smaller than yours. They really show up so much nicer after a rain and makes for a good photo. A strange thing happened when you visited the blog yesterday. I got an email notice of your comment (always do), and read in my email you comment; but when I went to my blog your comment wasn't there. That happened yesterday or the day before with someone else. I wondered if you noticed anything weird when you make the comment? Also wondered if this has happened to you on someone else's blog? If you get a chance, would you try it again. I've not changed anything setting wise on my blog for about a month so just wondering what's going on.

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    1. Sandy: What that weirdness means is that my comment has gone to spam. I suspect that if you open your spam folder you will find my comment there, and probably a few other people's too.

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