Wednesday evening we sat with our friends Jim and Kathleen O’Dell at a table beside Goose Lake, watching the late afternoon slip into dusk and finally to dark. As visibility dwindled I noticed an orb spider dangling from the nearest limb of a hackberry tree about five feet from where we sat. It had thrown out a line of silk that snagged a neighboring tree and was now about to construct a new web.
Before long we could make it out as it climbed swiftly around and around what we knew must be a growing web. Within an hour at most it had come to rest in the center of its new masterpiece. I took pictures during the process but even so we weren’t prepared for just how magnificent the completed web would look when the light illuminated it. I hope you enjoy this little miracle of nature too.