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Spiders in my Head

Updated on December 1, 2017
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Capturing Nature's beauty in photography is food for my soul. I live in a beautiful agricultural landscape with rows of trees and old creeks

Spiders in my head
Spiders in my head | Source

Most People Are Afraid of Spiders

I know....Yes I know, most people don't like spiders, but have you ever had the chance to look a bit closer at spiders and the homes they build for themselves some even each day anew? The spider's world is actually very beautiful and very interesting. They catch their food alive (like we do), they clean it and eat it (like we do) and then they bring out the garbage (like we do). So our world is not so very different from the spider's world and that's fascinating, at least I think so.

What Is so Fascinating About Old Cobwebs?

An old spider web in my barn
An old spider web in my barn | Source

There Were Spiders in My Barn

I just love cobwebs and it all started when we bought our little old farmhouse with a big barn some 30 + years ago. The barn inside hadn't been cleaned out for several years I guess, because it was filled with lots of old dusty cobwebs. I didn't care and didn't remove them either while we were reconstructing the old farm house. Spiders are useful creatures, they keep the flies and mosquitos away.

Only when I got my first Kodak digital camera I took a greater interest in the webs and discovered they were actually beautiful and fascinating to look at through the lens of the camera.

None of the native spiders in my country (The Netherlands) are dangerous or poisonous. It seems some can bite, but I've never experienced that myself. Spiders actually have a well organized household, they even put the trash out most of the time.

So... relax, sit back and read and watch. I hope you'll enjoy my presentation, despite the fact that spiders might freak you out. Keep in mind that the spiders you might see here, can't hurt you anyway. They won't jump off the screen you know.

Detail of a Spider's Web

Detail of a spider's web
Detail of a spider's web | Source

Spiderwebs Are Beautiful If You Take a Closer Look

I got my first digital camera, a little Kodak and of course I wanted to take pictures to see how it worked. So I walked into the barn where those old spider webs were hanging. I hadn't taken them out when we moved in, we had our hands full at the house. The light from the window peeked through those webs and they looked like old, but dirty lace, so I started taking pictures. It wasn't until I had put them on my pc and was watching them at full screen size, that I saw beauty in those old, dirty webs. I started to play around with my new photo editing program Paint Shop Pro and I was playing with detail selections of this photo and enlarged them a bit. It was then that I said WOW, I'm entering a whole new world here.

Some of the Old Cobwebs in My Barn

Old cobweb
Old cobweb | Source
Old cobweb
Old cobweb | Source
Old cobweb
Old cobweb | Source

Even More Fascinating Is What the Spiders Leave Behind

It often is not only the spider or the cobweb that rouses my interest, but maybe even more so what the spiders leave behind. You can learn a lot from exploring a spider's web. We humans often forget to look for the beauty in little things and there's a story behind everything.

Wasp in a Cobweb

Wasp in a cobweb
Wasp in a cobweb | Source

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Funnel Spider's Web

Funnel Spider's Web
Funnel Spider's Web | Source

Some Spiders Hide in a Funnel

Funnel spider web
Funnel spider web | Source

Building a Trap Net

Funnel Spider Web
Funnel Spider Web | Source

Our Native Funnel Spiders Are Not That Big

Our native funnel spiders are rather small if you compare them to species in other countries like for instance in the USA and Australia. But nevertheless they scare the hell out of a lot of people. They're black, hairy and fast.

The Black Hairy House Spider

big black spider
big black spider | Source

The Black Hairy Spiders Catch Their Prey by Surprise

There are those big, black and hairy spiders which even scare the hell out of me if they come too close, despite the fact that they are totally harmless. Still I find them really interesting to look at (from a distance). Once one had built her web in a windowsill in a small barn and I have followed her movements for quite some time. Unfortunately it was before I had my digital camera so I have no pictures. Whatever prey she caught, when she had finished her dinner, she wrapped the remains in silk and hung it over the edge of the windowsill. That was her garbage bin. So I could see what she had eaten that day. She stayed there, until one day I noticed a soft round package in her web and that was a bundle of eggs. At that moment I thought it was time to clean house and I brought her and her package outside. To watch one was fun, but to watch a few hundred in the near future not so.

Spiders are Cannibals

Spiders are cannibals. The females eat their spouses and they eat each other when they have a chance.

In the photo below a funnel spider made very good use of her partner, she decorated her house with him.

Dead Spider in Web

Dead spider in web
Dead spider in web | Source

Spider Nightmare

It was on a day, a very hot day. I think it was June, oh anyway
I came across like a Halloween treat, a spider who could read.
I was amazed and somewhat dazed, apparently my eyebrows raised,
The spider whispered with a smile: "Oh there you are, I've waited a while.

Please tell me dear and without fear, where I can find a library here?
I know you don't believe your eyes, but I am special, I don't eat flies".
I pointed out while laughing loud that libraries were nowhere about,
but she could read my books in stead and even eat a crumb of bread.

So on this day, this very hot day, I showed this spider all the way
into my room where books were kept. She said she was ever in my dept.
From this day on, honestly Hon, the spider stayed, was never gone,
Invited me to her home one day, which was spooky in a way.

I woke that day in a peculiar way, from a nap I took on a stack of hay.
I had been dreaming in the heat about a spider who could read.
Though in my head the thought had spread. What....if the spider wasn't dead
that I had taken a picture of, but truly had read the book instead?

A Spider Who Could Read?

Spider Nightmare
Spider Nightmare | Source

Poll about Spiders

Hairy House Spiders
Hairy House Spiders | Source

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Spiders in Their Web - Waiting for Their Prey

Spider in her web
Spider in her web | Source
Spider in her web
Spider in her web | Source
Spider in her web
Spider in her web | Source
Spider in her web
Spider in her web | Source

Spider's Web Art

A spider is an Artist

Every night a spider builds a new home. One could ask how she has time to catch food and eat and survive in between.

You might have noticed that when you destroy (accidentally or on purpose) a spider's web, she almost immediately starts to build a new one. That's in her genes, she can't help it and her instinct says she has to do that.

Spider Church Art

Spider Church Art
Spider Church Art | Source

Spider Bottle Art

Spider Bottle Art
Spider Bottle Art | Source

Spider Free Art

Spider Free Art
Spider Free Art | Source

Spider Glass Art

Spider Glass Art
Spider Glass Art | Source

Spider Jewelry Art

Spider Jewelry Art
Spider Jewelry Art | Source

Spider Construction Art

Spider Construction Art
Spider Construction Art | Source

Spider Motion Art

Spider Motion Art
Spider Motion Art | Source

Spider Web Art

Spider Web Art
Spider Web Art | Source

So Now You Know

Where My Passion for Cobwebs Comes From

So this is what happened after I got my first digital camera and stumbled upon those dirty old spider webs in my barn. It's a disease. I see spiders and spider's webs everywhere. It's an addiction of which I don't want to recover. It's harmless and it's beautiful.

I'm not a professional photographer, I'm just a lady with a camera. My photos are not always of perfect quality, but they carry my soul. At least that's what I'm trying to accomplish and if I only reach one other soul, then I've reached my goal.

I blame my dad. He taught me to look beyond the obvious, but I'm so glad he did. If he hadn't taught me that, I would have missed so much beauty. He said:

'There's beauty in everything, you only have to see it.

Don't look with your eyes, look with your heart and all the beauty in the little things will come to you".

He was so right, my dad.

Book Spiders in my Head
Book Spiders in my Head | Source

I Published a Book with Poems About Spiders

We have a big Critter Friendly Garden and of course it's the home of a lot of spiders. Most spiders you don't see till the end of August, when nature starts slowly to make preparations for her winter holiday. Most of them are what we call the Cross Spiders, or as Wikipedia calls them: the European Garden Spiders.

This photo is photoshopped on. I made it for my book Spiders in my Head, one of a series of photography and poetry books I wrote and published.

Poll - Tell Me If My Spider Story Made a Difference - in the Way You Thought About Spiders

killed by a spider
killed by a spider | Source

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting article, I enjoy looking at spider webs also, it amazes me how a spider can spin the web between shrubs in my garden (like 5 or 6 metres), must swing across like a monkey, but continually spinning as they go.

      I enjoy looking at the webs on a frosty morning with the early morning sun showing them up in the glow through the mist.

      Also I have never seen a funnel spider web before, would like to see that one.

      Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Arachnids are awesome creatures, and this truly is a fascinating lens! Great images and wonderful writing. Excellent job!

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Wow, i just noticed the link to your lens in my friend's (MelKav) lens about spiders. I'm glad I followed it. I'm fairly indifferent to spiders. But WOW, your photos are fantastic! Nice lens!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Great lens - awesome photos too! I have a lens about how I overcame a severe case of arachnophobia - and how spiders and their webs totally fascinate me now. I love your lens - I am going to feature it on my spider lens.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I love these photographs. Thank you so much.

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      I was really fascinated with your spider webs, and more so with your poems to go with them. Absolutely enchanting! I too have a page on spiderwebs and spent several hours a few weeks ago watching the spiders at my moms house, but only got 1 good picture. You are talented, and I love seeing someone else's love for these beautiful creatures.

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      stylishimo1 5 years ago

      What an awesome lens! I love all your spider and web pictures, I think they would make a great photographic exhibition, in fact visiting your lens is like going round a very interesting art exhibition. I am half tempted to photograph some of my spiders, some of them are beasts, maybe.....If I am brave enough....

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      I always leave spiders alone because they eat bugs..Angel Blessings

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      The webs may be fascinating but spiders creep me out. I have too many to contend with where I live to ever be able to see any beauty in them. Your lens is deserving of the purple star I am sure, although I had to skim quickly past a lot of it.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I find the spiders and their webs fascinating too. Since there is no dusty barn near me, I've focused on photographing the dew drops on the spider web. They add a sparkle when the light is just right.

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      It is really fascinating though spiders are sometimes not cool but you made this lens very great!

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I hate spiders, but you've got some really cool pictures that shouldbe ina gallery!

      I hope the spiders you showed aren't the ones in the barn, I'd move if that was the case! (or just NEVER go out lol

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      What stunning photos! Really interesting lens! I am fascinated by spiders as well! Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      great lens about one of my favorite animals

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      I've got a barn full of spiders. :) Actually wear a high ponytail when doing chores and caught one with it the other day. Nor fun having a giant barn spider in your hair but since I am not overly afraid it could have been worse. Very interesting concept for a lens. :) Blessed.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, but rather creepy! A much deserved Purple Star...Blessed

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      treehousebrando1 5 years ago

      I truly hate spiders!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      My house has been overrun by a family of huge hairy spiders lately. First I would see 1 here or there occasionally and then it was 2 at a time and finally 3. We had to finally call an exterminator because I was afraid they might bite my 4 year old son. I think spiders are beautiful--I even have a black widow tattooed on my wrist, but they also scare me a bit.

      Great lens!

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      Some of the webs are really beautiful. Spiders still give me the creeps, but I can see why you find them so fascinating.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Very interesting, and a little creepy.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Enjoyed this!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      Interesting lens!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Creepy, but interesting.

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      sibian 5 years ago

      Great lens about these amazing creatures. Living in Australia we are amazed at the number of spider species you see everywhere. Even my wife who is scared by spiders would not touch a Huntsman, for instance. They are huge and beautiful. And harmless too...

      The Daddy-Long-Lens early in your lens wasn't just lucky, it is a venomous spider that easily kills other spiders, such as the dangerous Australian Redback.

      However, the amount of venom it releseas is so small it renders him harmless to humans.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I was thinking this lens should win a purple star and then I scrolled up and saw it did. Well deserved! It truly is a wonderful lens.

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      jejoju 5 years ago

      This is truly a fantastic lens! 10/10. You are a fantastic writer!

      Did not want to read about spiders but you made me look at them differently now. As long as they stay outside, I won't kill them.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      Photos are interesting.... but I still don't like spiders!