Spider Web and Dew

Early One Morning

A spider web is highlighted by drops of dew on the fence of our horse pasture, although the spider is nowhere to be seen.

A spider web is highlighted by drops of dew on the fence of our horse pasture, although the spider is nowhere to be seen.

One recent morning as I went out to feed the horses, it was rather foggy outside. As I was walking along the fence of the horse pasture, I saw this spider web between a fence post and the fence wire. With all of the humidity in the air, drops of dew had formed on the spider web, making it even more visible than usual.

After I finished with the horses, I went inside and got my camera. This was a great time to get a photo of the spider web, which was pretty cool looking on its own. Fortunately, the web was still there when I got back with my camera, and so this is what I captured.

Very Interesting

Spider webs are neat to see. The spider obviously spends a good bit of time building the web, going in and out to make the frame and then going around in circles. I sometimes wonder how the spider is able to get the first few strings hung, such as the one that goes from the top of the post out to the left to be one of the main supports. If you did not know, a spider that builds a web such as this is not all that big, so he can’t just reach across. There has to be some work involved.

As you probably know from your own experience, spider webs are not quite as cool to see if you are walking through one. But if the spiders are nice enough to build them out of the walking path such as this one is, then it is fun to see. Especially when it is highlighted like this.

A spider web photo may not be quite as interesting of a photo subject as a theme park building, or a beach, or a space capsule. But to me, as I try to figure out just how it was done, this is every bit as interesting, even if it is on smaller scale.

God’s creation can be fascinating sometimes!

Bible Verse

You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. - Psalm 65:9-10

About the Photo

When I went inside the house to get my camera, I also changed to the 50mm prime lens. I wanted to use the wide aperture of that lens to focus tightly on the spider web, with lots of bokeh (or blurry-looking areas) in the background. I was pleased with how this turned out. Read more about aperture settings and bokeh at Steve’s Photography Tips: Understanding Aperture.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Luminar. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
Date: August 5, 2019
Location: Home, Williston, Tennessee

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