I am aware that I have probably photographed and posted dewy spiders' webs every year since the dawn of blogging time, and that in fact as photos these are not particularly good examples of the genre, but they were rather good spiders' webs. It was a misty morning in early September. What I wonder is, are the webs there all the time but one only sees them when the dew is on them, or are the wee arachnids particularly active at those times, and if so why?
They were en masse on a gorse thicket:
with some small outposts on the sallows and hogweed skeletons:
The inhabitants were clearly at home on some of them, seemingly making repairs (arachnophobes look away now):
and just when I thought I'd probably got enough, I walked on and found a fresh crop on a chain-link fence which made an intriguing meshes-within-meshes effect:
I walk with the camera less often, and take fewer pictures. To some extent it's the editing that puts me off; at one time I enjoyed this very much, and still do sometimes, but it can seem like a time sink, and the serial making of small decisions holds less appeal these days. At other times I fear repetition, that I can't really find anything new, but perhaps that doesn't always matter, dewy morning spiders' webs never cease to be a source of wonder, and there's always room on the external hard drive.