Webs of Deception

Visible web, the spider's loss, the photographer's gain
Visible web, the spider's loss, the photographer's gain

Orb-weaver’s webs are entirely too orderly to be deceiving. When the frost covers them with beads of ice and sun hits them just so, they are not even invisible.

Even so, spiders continue to play the odds that a meal will pass through their airspace and hang around for dinner, and often enough, they don’t starve.

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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. Hey there Fred! Just checked out your NaNoWriMo page and read the little bit you have there. It looks to be a good begining. I like how you “show and not just tell” with your words, how you are revealing the back story a little at a time and not using a huge info dump to explain everything. Looks great. Miss you around here… let me know if you need anyone to go shooting with and tell Ann I said hello.