Once the mosquitoes die off I hit the bike trail again. One beautiful, misty, moisty morning last November I set out with my camera for some final autumn photos.
The frost lay heavy on the fields.
Except that it wasn’t frost.
What it was, was spider webs.
Is the quality of the photos wonderful? No it is not. I was afraid if I stood still, the army of spiders responsible for all this would start in on me. Because you see the mass of web in the trees over the creek in the above photo, right?
What you can’t see here is the vast expanse of webs across the field, the bushes, the weeds…
They stopped at nothing.
And you know the creepiest thing? The next day when I went back, EVERYTHING WAS GONE! Only a few innocuous strands blew here and there.
So I ask you. What kind of spiders could coat acres and acres of landscape with sticky strings of—of—stickiness? How big were they? How many of them were there?
And something for you to ponder:
WHERE DID THEY GO?
Bilbo Baggins slew them??? And then the woodland elves cleaned up?
Ha! I thought of Bilbo and Mirkwood many times on that rushed walk!
I have noticed that before and would also like to know the answer!
I’d love to see if they come back again this year. Well, maybe “love” is too strong a word…
Wow! I would not have stood there long enough to take pictures!
Susan (Hi!)–I’m just betting our Prude photo’d on the fly, lololol! (at least I would, yikes)
Well, I wasn’t completely creeped out. But lets just say I didn’t linger.
If it had been bats flying around I would have started running and still been running a year later. Spiders and snakes are about the only things not on my “truly horrified of” list.
Clever and fun piece to read! Happy to say I’m not too bothered by WI spiders, but I am wondering why all the webs disappeared so quickly. Hmmm.
Something really large that lives on spider webs?