Mistress of the Maze

+ Comments (4) Mistress of the Maze - 2007-06-21 21:35:43
This lovely lady was, until a recent rain, a resident of the corner of our deck. What fascinated me about her and her domain was mostly the nature of the domain -- it was a virtual labyrinth of layers and disused strands that she navigated with the same grace a ballet dancer moves about a stage. I was witness to her dispensing and digesting a gnat that managed to stumble (if it's possible to stumble while flying about in an apparent brownian pattern) into the web and she flitted to and fro as the gnat careened from one side of the web to the other bumping into strands and veering off to bump into another while she was hot on the trail of each tiny vibration in the web. It didn't take too long before she nabbed the intruder and zipped back to her central post to proceed with her dining experience, such as it was. All of that aside, the debris you see here that looks like so many cookie crumbs is some version of tree related somesuch that has been raining on that corner of the deck for a while now. The tree in question is dying and woodpeckers and chickadees and I don't know what all else seem to enjoy poking and prodding at it in search of bugs of their own. Sooo ... the 'dust' was the magic ingredient that revealed the number of levels and layers of the web -- all the strands were all but invisible without some dew or dust or some other ingredient to make its presence known. Here it looks suspended and floating in weightlessness (to me at least) and I had hoped to get a photo that showed some of the depth and multidimensionality of the whole thing. I don't know if I pulled that off successfully, but I still rather like the way she seems to be floating herself in her own little tree-crumb universe. That's my story ... yours might be even more interesting . . .