What made the cobwebs
On July 20, when I wandered along the east bank of Waller Creek adjacent to Chesterfield Ave. in north-central Austin, I took a bunch of pictures of the Ambrosia trifida, or giant ragweed, that I found flowering there before the species’ usual time. Many of the stalks were covered with cobwebs, a common occurrence in nature, and in looking at my pictures on the computer screen later I discovered that one image showed the spider that had presumably spun the web on this ragweed plant. I don’t think I noticed it in real time (as computer people say), but you can see the little spider below and to the left of the place where this flower stalk, which had come to be positioned horizontally, crossed the vertical stalk behind it.
For those of you who are interested in photography as a craft, points 1, 2, and 6 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman