Thursday, September 3, 2009

Farewell, said the Sun




It's been a while since I posted. Been caught up at work. Hopefully, life will be back to normal from now. :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cross legged beauty



Saturday, May 30, 2009

Death takes all



The journey takes new meaning when we remember the destination. Life takes new meaning when we remember Death. This post is the first of a series on 'Death'.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Crab in the Christmas tree

I spotted this chap on one of our Christmas trees. Seeing its pale, almost translucent body, I thought it was a dead and dried spider, but later realised that it was quite alive.



Belonging to the Thomisidae family, and commonly known as crab spiders, they look and move like crabs. I'm used to seeing spiders either scuttle around or jump about, so it was quite an interesting sight to see this little guy walk sideways!

Unlike our argiope friends, crab spiders do not build webs. They are hunters, who like to hide in flowers and ambush their prey.



Friday, April 24, 2009

Smile through the pain…



This was written for a friend, but I guess it has something for all of us, as we ride through these times of economic turbulence.

Keep smiling!  :-)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Twig on the Road




A Dynasty Begins

I was busy mowing the lawn and flinging grass over the fence, when a strange sight caught my eye. A handful of grass appeared to be defying gravity and staying suspended in the air.



It didn't take long to realise that it was a spider web holding the grass afloat. Closer inspection bought me face to face with my first argiope.



Sunlight and shadow seem to have inspired this beautiful creation. In fact, areas of light and shade are where this striking beauty will create her webs, as they offer her excellent camouflage. She is a member of the argiope genus, a common family of spiders found in gardens around the world.

She lived in a majestic orb web, with a centerpiece 'X' drawn with a zig-zag pattern of silk. Placing two legs on each arm of the 'X', she calmly awaited her prey. Vivid patterns mark her on the top and underbelly.

Here is a shot from the top, framed between the house and garden:



She lived here for several days before finally disappearing, web and all. I suspect the gardener must have brushed her away, as he did not want any ghastly fauna tarnishing his precious flora.  Though she was gone, she was only the first in a lineage of argiopes who lived on in the Domestic Jungle. I'll be posting more of her legacy as time passes.