THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

29 September 2014

DEWY WEBS


This morning the air was heavy with moisture.


Mist was hanging in the valleys and below our high altitude.


Walking out with the dogs, every bush was festooned with dew encrusted webs. There must be hundreds of thousands of spiders out there.











  


This one had an occupant:


There are thousands of these little crane flies everywhere at the moment and even they were covered in dew:


Oh dear - one eats the other:


 This character was relatively dew free:


The editing process of everything I've taken from the last month is not going well. I'll get there eventually but expect some unnaturally sunny scenes as we head into autumn. 

We are having the front of the house re-rendered due to a shoddy job with too much sand in the mix six years ago so it's chaos here and, with having polystyrene insulation put underneath the new stuff, the house is covered in tiny, white, statically charged balls along with the dust from the old stuff that had to be drilled off. My hoover is having a crisis. 

So, until next time, when we should have had our conference Skype call with GOSH, here are the boys playing their usual game. Have a good week. 


45 comments:

  1. Amazing images Em. Aren't spiders such industrious wee creatures. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. That's definitely HOURS of work there.

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  2. Brilliant images Em, Dartmoor is so varied in its presentation and you do a wonderful job, love the spider webs. Hope the house renovations go well, it''s always terrible living in the mess.

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    1. I think the polystyrene bit is over now thank goodness. Just the Euro-render to go. You don't have to paint it!

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  3. Awwww sorry to hear about the editing problems. The home problems fixed will insure a nicer winter for you and the family. Right ? Maybe ? Hopefully ?
    Right now I have workmen doing some chores that need to be done before our much needed and hopefully winter rains in late January.
    Too many spiders and webs for me but very pretty.
    Love the sheep with his pretty blue markings.
    Gud Dugs Gud Dugs !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. No rain till January? Perhaps I could try and send some of ours over when it comes. Surely our drought can't last here?

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    2. We only have two rainy seasons. The fast and furious summer monsoons. The male rains.
      Then our January February nourishing rains. The female rains.
      That's it
      Both short but much needed.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful photos of the webs!

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  5. That little crane fly looked miserable all covered in moisture! What wonderful photos. Good luck for the Skype, we'll all be thinking of you.

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    1. I appreciate that Virginia - thank you. I suppose the crane fly dried off; I do hope so - it did look drenched though!

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  6. Wow, those are amazing webs!!! Not as amazing as your photos of them though!!!!! You have my full sympathy and understanding about the render!! It is horrible to go through isn't it. I hope that it will all be done soon and you will be dry and waterproof for the winter and warmer too with the extra insulation! xx

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    1. oops, forgot, I hope that the GOSH call goes well too. xx

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  7. Your pictures are always spectacular, these didn't disappoint xx

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  8. The webs are pretty, but the sheep is my favourite!

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    1. Isn't she lovely? Much brighter creatures than they're given credit for. x

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  9. I wonder if that's an orb spider in those webs that look like "typical" webs.
    Wishing you all the best on the GOSH call.

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    1. I don't know Joanne but I'll try and look it up.

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  10. Oh my goodness, I've never seen such a profusion of webs! Very cool!

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  11. HI EM Well these web are fantastic a are your shots of them. Never seen anything like it.

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    1. I just can't believe how many there are and how invisible they are without the dew to highlight them.

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  12. Love, love, love dewy spider webs :-).

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  13. Those webs on the gorse are absolutely amazing Em.

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    1. Spectacular aren't they? do you have the same phenomenon on the Yorkshire moors?

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  14. So many webs! The crane fly shot is fantastic- it could win prizes :o) Good luck with the next stage of GOSH xx

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    1. Thanks CT. I love that Crane Fly. How on earth did it manage to fly after that? xx

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  15. Wow! Wow! Wow! ... those spider web images are totally surreal, Em. What a superb collection, as ever. I seem to have been an intermittent blogger of late, with lots of poetry (& routine med.) things to attend to. Keep wondering when life will calm down a bit! Thank you for your kind comment on my Bearded tit post ...

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    1. I'm hoping for that calming down time too Caroline but it never seems to come!

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  16. Another wow, Em! Those spiders must be prolific web builders. Their webs are gorgeous, especially covered in dew. I was hoping you would include what they looked like as I was curious what kind would make those. This is a grand series of photographs.

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    1. I have no idea who is making them Denise - they all seem empty but in some you can see a funnel in most of them so I guess someone is hiding down there waiting to pounce!

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  17. Long live the spiders out on the moors for creating such a beautiful show, and you have captured them perfectly...It is so warm for Autumn though, a little bit worrying.

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    1. I just love the way they're invisible when not covered in dew!

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  18. Wow! Those images are just amazing - really wonderful. You've made my morning :)

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  19. Beautiful photos of all the webs although I must say the thought of hundreds of thousands spiders out there gives me the creeps!

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    1. The thought of them an masse, waiting at the front door doesn't do a lot for me Gail I must say, though I'm pretty good at catching them and putting them out now. My mum kills them which makes me very sad.

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  20. Yes, that's autumn in northern Europe. So different here in Arizona!

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    1. Do you get mist at all Margarethe? I can't imagine it.

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  21. Beautiful pics Em, I love how ancient our landscape looks and feels at this time of year :)

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