November 2022 Cobwebs

In late November, on my way to the mailbox, I noticed a fairly extensive cobweb on the now-empty Garage flowerboxes. The thing about cobwebs is they’re difficult to photograph because it’s difficult to focus on individual strands, even using manual focus (a small viewfinder doesn’t help).

Before proceeding, I need to mention a few things . . . the first being my extensive posting of AI-generated stuff. Some readers might be getting burned out by it all . . . but would they believe me if I told them I’m actually showing a lot of restraint?

Because, really, what I’ve posted ain’t nothing, folks! I gots hundreds of renderings sitting on my computer and on my phone. But I’m also still taking photos, hence this post.

Anyway, back to the cobweb . . . what you don’t see in the above shot — or the next — is the vertical strands . . . about two feet tall leading and attaching to the screen window.

So, back in I went, and grabbed my mister . . . mister as in spray-bottle shooting water in a fine mist, and not, you know, a guy.

I misted the crap out of the web . . . and still, you can barely see the strands shooting up, and what little you can see is only because I processed the snot out of the photo.

Crap, snot . . . them be technical terms indicating a fair amount of time and effort spent.

By the way, I found a new band I like . . . like, 12 years after they were popular, although they still seem to have a decent following. This is the first song of theirs I heard, and I then chased down everything I could.

By the way, it’s worth following the lyrics . . . but not now. Now just play the song and keep reading, and don’t worry, I’ll share my playlist of many of their songs at the end of the post.

I believe their music was played in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the 2013 version. Seeing as the character travels to Iceland, I suppose it’s fitting they used music from a band from Iceland.

Anyway, back to the cobweb . . . while I had no luck getting water droplets to adhere to the near-vertical strands, you can see from the above photo that the horizontal portion of the web was thoroughly drenched. And guess what? I grabbed a few photos, some of them which I liked.

By far, the most interesting were the photos with seeds caught in the web and adorned by water droplets.

Of course, I also liked the patterns of drops on the flat portion of the web . . .

As is my wont, I snapped a lot of photos, and I’ll only show a few here, but the slideshow at the end of the post will go through the 62 photos I decided to keep. Mind you, some photos are similar to each other because I tried different processing on them.

Not the same photos . . . different photos that look similar but have different processing. For instance, here are a few more of the seed (more versions in the gallery)

. . . and lots of photos of the drops . . .

When I could, I strove to capture details . . .

After a bit, I had an idea of how to capture at least a part of the vertical web structure . . . I went inside and got my leather Saturn notepad, and stood it behind the web to create a dark background . . . and then processed the crap and snot out of the photo . . .

You can see the bottom of the notepad in the last shot I snapped . . .

You can see how much water I sprayed on there . . . the thing is, despite it being a very good mister, the droplets are still too large for the vertical strands to grab and hold them.

Anyway, After that shot, I went in because the place where I was shooting from was uncomfortable to stand (there are bushes below the flowerboxes), and because I’m short, I had to stand on my toes to get a decent angle on the web. I’m sure neighbors who didn’t already think me odd were converted to the notion, especially since, from a distance, there’s no way they could see the web. It probably looked like I was photographing imaginary flowers in the baren flowerboxes.

“Wait for just a second! I thought you said you couldn’t get a good photo of the vertical structure!”

Let me explain . . . but first, another video by Of Monsters and Men, this a live performance.

Anyway, that last photo is from the next day.

So, here’s what happened . . . I woke up to a very foggy morning, and fog is much finer than even the mist from my very good mister. That photo shows the web very well because each strand is laden with very tiny water droplets.

I’ll apologize for these photos because they are all hand-held with me fighting a cold breeze while on my tiptoes and trying not to trample the shrubs. Still, I like a lot of these shots (hence why there are 62 of them — in the gallery, not here).

I like this next shot because it shows how the web is anchored to the metal box . . . I guess the Spider Man movies did a reasonable representation of Parker immobilizing a foe.

But the droplets were, for me, the main point of interest.

. . . and the seed . . .

And, the bug in one of the photos above . . . missed it, did you?

Anyway, after taking as many photos as I deemed enough, I turned my gaze down . . . to the webs in the grass . . .

. . . and, just like in a previous instance, I caught sight of the architect of these grass webs . . .

Oh, yeah . . . I also have a number of fall leaves and rocks photos . . .

. . . but those are for another post.

Anyway, for them who be interested, the SmugMug Gallery is at this LINK.

This next link will play a slideshow of the photos:

Slideshow of the November 2022 Cobwebs SmugMug Gallery — 62 photos.

And, as mentioned above, here’s my playlist of Of Monsters and Men songs: LINK.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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