We had just finished breakfast when out of the corner of my eye I saw the glint of a spider web spun between some plants and a wire about 4ft above it. I immediately jumped up in excitement, showed my children and we went over to investigate this awesome web creator.
The web was huge and this majestic being was firmly at its centre. A number of bugs had been caught at various places of the web and mummified in extra webbing for later consumption. This spider was clearly a boss.
We marveled at everything. A strong gust of wind blew and the web bent over with strength and flexibility – it would take more than that for this powerhouse to fall.
We then spotted two more smaller spiders who had built webs close by and speculated whether these were her children and if they were purposefully built close by so they could all keep in touch. Maybe spiders have their family affiliations or tribes.
It was only 5 or 10 minutes but the discussion was rich and our wonder of nature increased. Noticing the details of nature and appreciating them brings awareness, joy, sensitivity, interconnectedness curiousity, intelligence, gratitude and … so much more that can maybe not be defined by words.
Thank you spider queen. Long may you reign and thrive in your webdom.