Not your typical rain drops on spider web – Part 1

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We don’t get a lot of rain in San Diego. In fact, it didn’t rain for about six months until this past week, when first we had a few showers for a day, then slow but steady rain the next day. I love to see nature awaken with the welcome moisture, after looking stagnant for so long. And rain drops can be a great opportunity to snap some interesting pictures.

I first tried photos of rain drops on leaves and a few flowers. The results were OK but not too impressive. But then, I spotted something unusual in my backyard among the rocks and it got my attention right away. I knew I had to run inside and grab my camera.

Now, you need to know I hate spiders. I didn’t say dislike, I said hate. I can’t stand those things crawling around my house, my sanctuary. If they enter, they must die. I have no Buddhist thoughts whatsoever when it comes to spiders in my home. I’ll tolerate them outside (as long as they don’t look like they’re trying to get inside my house) and their spider webs can be interesting to look at. Well, except for the black widow spider webs, which are a complete mess.

Rain drops can make a spider web look quite pretty. I’m sure you’ve seen hundred of photos of wet spider webs, covered with fresh rain drops. But I’ve got something different for you. This is what caught my attention: rain drops on a spider web over river rocks. Remember you can click on any of the photos below for a larger view.

Rain drops on a spider web over river rocks
Rain drops on a spider web over river rocks

Here’s another photo of these rain drops on the spider web with the river rocks as the background, a little closer this time.

Close-up of rain drops on a spider web with river rocks underneath
Close-up of rain drops on a spider web with river rocks underneath

What do you think? Do you like it?

I have a couple more photos of these rain drops and you’ll be able to see them later this week. Make sure you subscribe to this blog in the left sidebar to receive regular updates.


16 thoughts on “Not your typical rain drops on spider web – Part 1

  1. These are so cool, Milka. From you I’ve learned that the key to photography is not only knowing HOW to take a photo, but knowing WHAT to photograph. What a great shot.

    And congrats! I see your calendar is ready. Sorry if it’s been up for a while, and I didn’t notice. I’m going to head over there later this week and get some for gifts. They’re gorgeous! And I’ll post a link to this blog and your store in one of my posts next week. I want to share the beauty. 🙂

    • Thanks, Carrie! If you like these photos, wait till you see the other ones in my next post. They’re closer up and look really neat, at least in my opinion.

      I’ll tell you something about photography. Yes, how to photograph something does matter, as in how to frame it and which angle looks best. But honestly, you can photograph almost anything and it will look interesting if there’s something special about it. And that something special is often color, or light. I think light is a photographer’s best friend (and worst enemy). Having the sun in the right place at the right time makes all the difference. The sky was cloudy but not too dark gray when I took these pictures and it helped the rain drops capture the light just right.

      As for the calendar, you didn’t miss anything. I actually added the banner just last night and I still want to add some products to my store before announcing the calendar for sale. The store looks pretty bare right now. But you’re absolutely welcome to order calendars anytime. They have quantity discounts and will often have discount coupons. I’m planning to announce any relevant Zazzle coupons on my site for calendars or any other products I’ll be selling. Of course my royalties go down a bit but if it means someone will buy my calendar at that price but not the regular price, I’m all for it.

      Thanks again!

    • Thanks! I remember the spider webs when I grew up in France looked really nice. Here a lot of them look messy, nothing like the neat patterns you would think of. I think California spiders are slackers.

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  3. Cool shots! I am rather Buddhist about spiders . . . and usually try to “catch and release” them outside.

    If they don’t cooperate, I figure they aren’t ZEN enough. Then they get SQUASHED. 😉

    • I have never seen a spider cooperate. All they want to do is crawl under my bed and wait for me to fall asleep so they can bite me! I don’t have one ounce of Buddhism when it comes to arachnids, sorry.

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