Webbery Revery

Conditions are just right for gathering a harvest of web images from the pasture:

A fog hangs just above the grasses (soon to be mowed for hay), so there will be dew on the bowl-and-doily and orbweaver webs this morning.

Not a leaf is moving, so motion will not be a problem to create blur in the image.

And the low clouds are already moving south before local sunrise over the east ridge, so brilliant light will illuminate the webs against the forest behind, still in shadow.

Do I need more pictures of spider webs? Not exactly. But I will go out with my camera(s), even so, just not this morning: I’m heading over to a friend’s to pick up a truck load of donkey poop for gardening purposes, so spiderweb pix today will have to come from the archives. Enjoy!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Some of these photos are truly unbeatable, but I am sorry you didn’t get to out and try to best them. Donkey poop. I hope it is more like compost than you make it sound.

  2. Oh yeah, this stuff is granular, dark and odorless. I’d prefer COW to horse or donkey since the stomach of the cow digests cellulose more effectively, but I’ll take whatever organic matter I can get for the mid-year garden, as a side-dressing this year and towards improved tilth for years after that.