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Dewdrops on spiderwebs on silver bluestem seed head remains

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West of Morado Circle this past Christmas morning.
Silver bluestem = Bothriochloa laguroides subsp. torreyana.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 21, 2019 at 4:27 AM

Posted in nature photography

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  1. so beautiful… art in nature….Thank you, Love, nia

    niasunset

    January 21, 2019 at 4:47 AM

    • I was thankful that morning for the chance to photograph this and other dew- and spiderweb-covered plants.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2019 at 5:38 AM

  2. What a lovely, delicate design! Wonderful composition! I recently tried to capture the beauty of dew drops on spiderwebs on a wonderful morning walk ….but I’ve never yet managed to produce a photo that shows the sparkling clarity that I see in my viewfinder.

    Birder's Journey

    January 21, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    • Thanks for your effusive comment. The design came from the atmosphere, the grass, and the anonymous spider. The composition is mine, primarily the tall, narrow cropping to follow and emphasize the spire of grass. Retaining the sparkling clarity you mentioned wasn’t easy. I avoided the garishness of flash, but even a high ISO of 2500 still gave limited depth of field at an aperture of f/5.6. I didn’t mean to get too technical, but the information might be useful.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2019 at 8:01 AM

  3. Such a stunning nature sculpture to find on Christmas morning. Terrific photo, Steve.

    Jet Eliot

    January 21, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    • Thank you. I found and photographed other dewdropped plants on that walk but this won out when it came time to post one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2019 at 9:51 AM

  4. In some ways, this reminds of the Milky Way. Stretching the imagination a bit, I guess.

    Steve Gingold

    January 21, 2019 at 9:23 AM

  5. Steve, thanks for the sparking jewels of nature.

    lensandpensbysally

    January 21, 2019 at 9:28 AM

  6. Gorgeous!

    M.B. Henry

    January 21, 2019 at 4:34 PM

  7. This is fascinating Steve, it’s like a natural weaving.

    Maria

    January 21, 2019 at 5:19 PM

  8. A beautiful photo, Steve! I am a big fan of water-beaded webs.

    Lavinia Ross

    January 21, 2019 at 9:57 PM

    • Some photographers even carry a sprayer with them so they can create water-beaded webs at will. I’ve never done that; it seems like cheating.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 22, 2019 at 6:19 AM

      • I’ve never heard of anyone doing that, but it wouldn’t surprise me either.

        Lavinia Ross

        January 24, 2019 at 12:39 PM

        • In fact this evening I’m attending a meeting of photographers, one of whom has said he’s done that.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 24, 2019 at 3:57 PM

  9. Spraying plants to create dewdrops seems akin to coating hamburgers with hairspray for advertising shoots. I’m reminded of the note that appears in some of my favorite bird photographers’ blogs: “not baited, set up or called in.” It’s like using a gizmo of some sort to steady a plant in the wind. I’m not going to fuss at anyone for doing it, but it’s not for me.

    The plant is beautiful with its glittery additions, and the long, vertical web is quite something. I got out my magnifying glass but can’t quite tell — is that the spider on the right, in the center, or just a bit of plant that got caught in the web?

    shoreacres

    January 22, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    • After enlarging the page, it surely does look like the spider.

      shoreacres

      January 22, 2019 at 9:39 AM

      • It’s not unusual in webs I’ve photographed to discover a spider lurking somewhere inside, often even during the taking of the pictures. In this case, though, I just looked at an enlargement of the original photograph, which of course has a lot more detail, and couldn’t find anything I think is a spider.

        Steve Schwartzman

        January 22, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    • I know a nature photographer in Austin who regularly uses a clamp. I’ll admit to using a gizmo to steady a plant if my left hand can be considered a gizmo. I’ve been pretty adept over the years at steadying with my left hand while wielding the camera with my right.

      One reason this dew-spangled web appealed to is its length. Most webs I’ve photographed, with or without dew, have been more clustered, much less elongated.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 22, 2019 at 11:40 AM

  10. Dewdrops and spiderwebs just naturally seem to go together really well. Lovely capture!

    Gunta

    January 23, 2019 at 12:39 AM

  11. Thank you for starting an earworm, Steve. When I read your caption, the words and melody of Julie Andrew’s song, “These are a few of my favorite things,” started playing in my head… 🙂

    tanjabrittonwriter

    January 23, 2019 at 4:34 PM

  12. So intricate and delicate … wonderful shot thanks Steve

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    January 26, 2019 at 12:36 PM

  13. I rarely comment but want you to know how much I enjoy your beautiful photos. It’s always a pleasure to see what you come up with next.

    Martha Goudey

    January 29, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    • Thanks for letting me know, Martha. I appreciate it. I’m as keen to find out what I’ll come up with next as you are. What’s planned doesn’t always come to fruition, while unexpected finds occur pretty often.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 29, 2019 at 4:24 PM


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