310: Morning jewelsPosted: July 30, 2011 Filed under: 365 Life in the Bogs Challenge, Adventures in Life, Air, Earth, family, goals, home, Local Tourists, nature, Photography, pond, Quotes, Spirit, Summer, Walking, water, weather | Tags: Cleveland, dew, Great Lakes Science Center, Hunter S. Thompson, John Burroughs, Khalil Gibran, Pablo Picasso, Photography, postaday2011, quotes, spiders, Spiderwebs, William Longgood 35 Comments
I woke up early this morning, and found it foggy outside. The pond was barely visible from up at the house. While the rest of the folks in the house were just beginning to stir, I went outside to see what kind of treasures the fog and dew had helped to create.
The person who doesn’t scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs.
~ Hunter S. Thompson
The spiders had obviously been busy overnight. Their webs were draped all over everything, from the garden flowers to high up in some of the tall trees.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
~ Khalil Gibran
As much as I love spending time with family and with M, it was nice to have a little quiet time to myself this morning. I took my time walking through the meadows and around the pond, enjoying the peace and solitude.
Morning is the best of all times in the garden. The sun is not yet hot. Sweet vapors rise from the earth. Night dew clings to the soil and makes plants glisten. Birds call to one another. Bees are already at work.
~ William Longgood
There were not many birds calling this morning. Mostly crows, sitting high up in the locust trees cawing to each other. Although it’s still high summer here in the Bogs, I can already feel the change of seasons beginning. Not in the temperatures, but in the light, the bird calls and gatherings, and the songs of the cicadas.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
~ John Burroughs
Our excursion up to Cleveland yesterday was fun, although Dad was not able to tour the steamship. As we entered the ship I noticed a safety warning sign that pretty much covered some of Dad’s health concerns/problems, recommending that those with his health concerns/problems should not tour the ship. I stayed behind with him and we had a look around the Great Lakes Science Center instead while Noah and M explored the ship.
I took a few photos of the stormy clouds, the steamship, and a small portion of the skyline, but prefer to show you spiderwebs today. The morning dew was draped across them like pearls on string.
We had lunch at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. The food and beer were delicious. A little pricey, but that’s to be expected at a brewery.
If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.
~ American Quaker Saying
The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
~ Pablo Picasso
Today will be an easy day. No plans to go anywhere or to do anything. We’re going to hang out by the pond and enjoy the summer.
Oh! There is one plan to do something. Noah and M are going to make ice cream. It has been a while since we dragged out the ice cream churn. I’m not sure what kind of ice cream they decided to make. I’m hoping for blueberry (but suspect it will be vanilla since it’s a flavor everyone can agree upon). The blueberries are in season here now, and we picked up a big box of them from a local farm yesterday. Yummy! Blueberries are my favorite fruit. Whatever flavor they decide upon, I’m sure it will be delicious. And I can always make a blueberry syrup to put on the ice cream. A win-win situation.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. Thanks for dropping by! I hope you’re having a wonder-filled weekend, enjoying whatever treasures nature has brought to you. 🙂
Wow! I can’t believe you found such a variety! The last one has a smiley face smack dab in the middle! See it?
I do see it, Teresita. 🙂
This leaves me speechless! Who would have thought spider webs would be so stunningly beautiful! Thanks for sharing these photos, Robin!
They are all just beautiful … lucky you having such a dewy, spider morning. thanks for sharing them.
Blueberries are my favorite, too … the little wild ones. They are just starting to ripen on the plants around my home … unfortunately, I won’t be able to venture out in the woods and pick at all the secret spots this year. However, I have big plans for next summer ;0)
Excellent Shot of the webs !!!
The first is my fav..looks like tiny pearls!
Those webs are spectacular – delicate beauty! Home made ice cream sounds wonderful – any flavor would work, but my favorite flavor (don’t know how difficult it would be to do home made) is mint chocolate chip!
what little gems the early morning delivers if we choose to look
making your own icecream in a churn – such a summery thing to do
blueberries either way is a win
These shots are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
I LOVE the dew covered webs. They absolutely look like strands of jewels. So much so, that I think I may have to create something with these photos in mind. Oh, the wheels are turning! 😀
Can’t wait to see what you come up with, Fox. 😀
Amazing Webs! Great photos!
The webs are just gorgeous Robin! I especially like the one you titled “Creativity” … it almost looks like a dreamcatcher. 🙂
Robin, these spider webs are great. Must be hard to focus on them, you captured them well. The last one is my favorite!
So many intricate designs Robin, I wonder, do spiders have their own signature patterns?… It must take forever to spin, and then mayhap someone clumsy like me, opens the back door, walks forward and destroys a work of art in a second. I wonder too, do spiders know swear words?.. 😉 … anyway enough of my wandering thoughts, Ice cream you say? AND Blueberries? Sigh,…I’ll be right over… xPenx
I wonder that too, Pen. It seems like they do have different patterns, although without seeing the spiders I don’t know if that’s due to the type of spider or if they each have a unique design. I always feel bad when I walk into a web for the reasons you mentioned.
what a lovely creative early morning you had. Thanks for sharing this beauty and intricacy with us.
Very samrt… I love the collection of cobwebs! 🙂
Beautiful. I often hike in the early morning, and find myself walking into some of your jewels. Perhaps I should slow down and see them as you do. Thanks for sharing
Very smart… My eyesight is failing me. Pardon moi!
Very cool web shots!
Oh, and ‘Eeeeeeek!’ 🙂
The fourth one looks like it should be a pearl necklace worn at a costume ball and I love the way number 12 is holding onto the dried grass head. I wonder if it was bent around in that much of a curve before the spider got there ?
I don’t know, Hallysann. I wondered that too.
A lovely series, Robin! I, too, am sensing the chang of the seasons. While I look forward to fall each year, there is so much left to do in this season!
Oh my – what gorgeous pearls of dew you’ve captured. Just fabulous.
Thank you so much, everyone! 🙂
They’re beautiful, Robin!
Cool stuff Robin 🙂
Thank you, Michaela & Eden. 🙂
I’m not a fan of spiders myself, but these bejeweled webs definitely earn my respect. 🙂
Aren’t they wonderful, Dana? I try not to break the webs when I’m out walking. The spiders must work very hard to build such beautiful webs.
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You are right… This IS beautiful, Robin!
Thank you, CFBookChick. 🙂