Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Spider, spider...

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
(Argiope aurantia)

A Noiseless Patient Spider

1819-1892

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark'd how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to
connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

4 comments:

Chuck said...

That's a great picture.

gaz said...

i shall adopt it and call it...
shelob!
cool spider scott. we just get boring brown ones.

Mom said...

Great picture. What an unusual web. It looks like a ladder.

Scott said...

Yes, the Wikipedia page on this spider explains the unusual web more thoroughly.

If you look closely at my photo, there is a normal spiral-type spider web which is nearly invisible, but then there is this distinctive "zipper" in the middle.

Scientists are not sure what the zipper is for. It may be to entice prey or it may be to make the web more visible so birds don't hit it. They really don't know.

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