This morning the pond was covered with heavy fog and the garden was dripping with dew. A perfect morning to find one of my favorite forms of art- the spider web. Now, I’m not a big fan of spiders or spider webs in my house, but spiders do their part in the garden and deserve a little respect. And their webs are truly a marvel of engineering and determination. Did you know that some of the lovely silk lines in a web are sticky and some are not? Did you know that a web is constructed in such a way that if part of it is destroyed the rest stays intact? Did you know that spiders build their webs in a specific repeated pattern? If you want to see that pattern in sequence you can go to How Spiders Work.
Besides being awe-inspiring to look at, these natural wonders remind me of my grandmother and the countless other women of her generation who made crocheted doilies to decorate their homes. Did your grandmother put them on tables and the backs of chairs and sofas? Did she keep one in the center of her kitchen table and place a bowl of fruit on it? Good memories.