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Image Taken on 21 Oct 2007 at 10:45    Image of day on 20 Nov 2007

A sparkling tangle of spider silk drenched by a morning mist.

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Image Taken on 22 May 2010 at 16:39    Image of day on 02 Jul 2010

One sweep of the net over these frond produced both the damselfly and this spider. Our quickly acquired Spider field guide indicates the ID.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2023 at 08:05    Image of day on 26 Sep 2023

The more conventional 'spider's web'

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Image Taken on 19 May 2019 at 09:16    Image of day on 21 Jun 2019

In the farm crop margin a spider has spun this web on the ground, now soaked with overnight rain.

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Image Taken on 30 Sep 2010 at 09:58    Image of day on 20 Nov 2010

The camera DOES lie - you can see these rainbows on dew spangled spider webs by eye much better than they are captured by cameras because the intense colours tend to overexpose and turn white. While trying to catch the wanted effect on this occasion the camera auto-focussed on the foliage behind, so the water refracted colours show up much better.

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Image Taken on 11 Dec 2022 at 09:05    Image of day on 06 Jan 2023

This is the back of the IR beam sender that triggers the camera focussed on the top of the Meadow Post, with a still intact Spider's web now heavily frosted.

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Image Taken on 11 Sep 2016 at 08:58    Image of day on 30 Oct 2016

The high humidity overnight turned the local spider webs into jewellery better than that used to adorn a starlets neck.
Natural appearance without use of a water sprayer.

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2023 at 07:18    Image of day on 26 Sep 2023

A single grass seed head bent over by this the tiny spider's web. The long strand from the tip of the grass back out of from on the right looks like some sort of structural entity - that minute speck of a creature know how to do structural engineering!

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Image Taken on 27 Sep 2009 at 09:15    Image of day on 30 Oct 2009

Never seen a rainbow in a spiders web before. No faking or winding up the colour, nor camera effect (have similar pics on two completely different camera designs). Angle of view was very critical and this was an attempt to get as much of the spectrum at once. The sun was low in the sky to the cameras right shining from the same side & there is no reason to think it is not following the normal rainbow angular rules.

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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2021 at 10:59    Image of day on 01 Dec 2021

When the surrounding fields were used for raising 'Dairy replacement' cattle, flies in the house became something of a problem. One solution was to let spiders breed in corners of the house, catching many of the flies without us having to regularly use chemicals. The land is now 'arable' and flies much reduced in numbers, but we still let the spiders do their thing. Here in the kitchen hundreds emerge from an egg case.
Photo sizes can be deceptive - the ball is only about 6mm (quarter of an inch) across.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2021 at 09:21    Image of day on 28 Oct 2021

Here is a close-up of a 'perfect' Orb web built between two withered bean plants.

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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2011 at 08:00    Image of day on 23 Nov 2011

A heavy dew turned many spider's webs into jewelry, but the spider won't be pleased the web doesn't work any more!

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2023 at 10:17    Image of day on 15 Nov 2023

A humid morning outlines this, among many, spiders webs.

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Image Taken on 30 Sep 2023 at 09:03    Image of day on 15 Nov 2023

A large (about 30cm across) and finely spaced Spiders web.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2021 at 09:00    Image of day on 28 Oct 2021

On this morning we found the whole area was smothered in dew spangled spider webs.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2021 at 09:01    Image of day on 28 Oct 2021

On this morning we found the whole area was smothered in dew spangled spider webs.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2023 at 08:04    Image of day on 26 Sep 2023

A differently 'dressed' Teasel.
The picture isn't 90 degrees off - some teasels fall over and then start to grow upwards at the tip.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2023 at 08:04    Image of day on 26 Sep 2023

Dewy mornings can create some attractive effects when backlit by the low morning sun.
First a well 'encrusted' Teasel.

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Image Taken on 06 Jun 2015 at 06:56    Image of day on 08 Aug 2015

The continuing feeding of the Wren chicks seems to have been going on 'forever'. There don't take the food into the nest now - just stand outside the entrance and it gets taken. We just can't see what is going on in the very dark corner. Here we have 2 visits 5 minutes apart in the sunshine with different mixes of food.

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