I’ve got a virtual show coming up shared with another local photographer at our town library’s website. Our theme is Mount Pollux, a favorite local spot for sunrise, sunset, and just plain hanging out. I woke this morning to a nice fog and headed up there. My friend had the same idea but only stayed for a little while. As always, I am not 100% sure about the foggy shots but one thing fog does is coat everything with tiny dew drops, or fog drops if you prefer. That was the case with the myriad webs in the meadow.
Banded Garden Spider-Argiope trifasciata.
These are everywhere right now. They are a late summer species, laying their eggs in the fall and the young hatch in Spring. I’ve seen a few in the Brickyard meadow, most recently this past Saturday, but this morning offered some good access to the webs. They are not poisonous and will only bite if you bother a female while carrying her egg sac. These have the same characteristic zigzag feature as the Yellow Garden Spider shared recently by Steve Schwartzman.
As you might be able to see this one, and all the others were for that matter, is covered with dew drops, or fog drops, and I cropped in closer so you could see how hairy they are which is not as evident when they are dry.
The webs were pretty much all concave making depth of focus rather difficult so much of the web is not sharp. But the spider is the star. And as with the other Argiope, this one hangs upside down, at least to our perspective, and slightly tilted back toward the web. That made getting down low imperative which also meant kneeling in poison ivy. My knee high muck boots shielded me and no itch resulted from the making of this photograph. 🙂