It is late afternoon, and i look out the western door and see an undetermined white 'thing' just before the slope starts upwards to my 'lookout hill'. i grab the camera and head out, half expecting it will resolve as i get closer into a plastic bag someone let fly from passing vehicle. This is the first shot i take. Tricky because the soon to set sun is throwing blinding rays of light. i don't even notice the circle of light that seems to spotlight the object until i'm looking at the image later.
i'm beginning to suspect a spider web...'Trap Door' variety. i've seen them on this patch of earth in previous 'normal' summers like this one. But the last 3 years have been too wet for some things even as it nurtured others. This is a closer shot, showing the entrance to the residence:
Some of you know i am very at home in nature, but i still haven't lost my sense of wonder, my capacity to feel awe at the myriad ways life asserts and stubbornly reasserts itself. This web demanded attention because at first it was visible from the house at least 25-30 feet away. Similar ones in years past were smaller and closer to the ground, becoming visible only as i got within a couple of feet of them. This one is at least 12-18 inches wide 10-12 inches on the other axis, the one anchored to the plant. A different angle:
At the time i thought---it's like after all the rainy summers the spider wanted to created a huge 'sun room'. Then sorting this and other photos to files after uploading another thought struck me fueled perhaps by the whiteness of it and a cliche running thru my head: "What a tangled web we weave..." You know the rest. My apologies to the spider, but i realized that this shot is a metaphor for the White House resident and staff.