Morning Trek Across Amaranth (OS Archives 2014)

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 6:43PM

Morning Trek Across Amaranth

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Found in the garden this morning while sipping tea, waking up, peering in at things....








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I freaked him/her out, shoving the camera lens in its face....
I don't do zoom, it's crappy with a little point and shoot, but regular photos can be quite nice.
“[A] planet, wholly inhabited by spiders, (which is very possible)” 
― David Hume, philosopher,' Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion'
tags: origin-of-life, philosophy, planets, religion, skepticism, spiders 

Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
QUOTATION: The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line. 1
ATTRIBUTION: Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 217.
HA, good for u, freaking spider out, spider has probably freaked out
alot of people, and alot of flies, too.
"Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legged spinners, hence!"

~ A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare
you do some gorgeous images. vibrant!
Okay, not about spiders, but works for me ; ))

“We shall creep out quietly into the butler's pantry--" cried the Mole.
"--with our pistols and swords and sticks--" shouted the Rat.
"--and rush in upon them," said the Badger.
"--and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!" cried the Toad in ecstasy, running round and round the room, and jumping over the chairs.” 
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

"Up until one century ago there lived
In the Zi Duang province of an eastern country
A glass-like spider
Having devoured its prey

It would drape the skeletons over its web
In weeks creating a macabre shrine of remains
Its web was also unique, in that it had many layers
Like floors in a building

At the top of this palace-like place
Assembled with almost apparent care
Were tiny, shining objects
Glass, beads, dewdrops

One could almost call it an altar
When the breeze blew through this construction
It produced sounds of wailing, crying
Tiny wails, tiny cries

The baby spiders would get scared
And search frantically for their mother
But the glass spider would have long gone
Having known that the babies
Would survive somehow on their own

Oh, the glass spider had blue eyes almost like a human's
They shed tears at the wintered turn of the centuries..."

....and on...

~ David Bowie, Glass Spider
Hi Monkey - I had to de-saturate this one once it was on the computer it was so bright, I usually don't mess with any of that stuff....
I've been distracted over at Nat Geo and the 'your shot' section, joined last week as Anna F. (Anna Herrington being my oh-fficial Writer Name). So many wonderful images over there!! So many stuffed with such color though, major overkill - then I take this one this morning : )
Been practicing framing shots...
Beautiful photos~great capture..I like spiders, I mean I respect spiders.
I have always wondered what Amaranth looked like.
JT, I'm so used to seeing brown and black spiders that to see one looking whitish is unusual! Interesting and colorful juxtaposition with the magenta/red of the blooms.
Maybe it was a baby spider all white like that. Great find. Thanks for sharing.
he is a wee little guy. and that flower is otherworldly pretty.
Hi - yes, I think it was a baby, it has the same markings of the larger brown garden spider we have around here...
A month ago I opened the front door to a giant mantis on the step, lumbering along so slowly and awkwardly....then I saw her belly! She was about to have those babies on our step, with our happy-to-murder cats about.
I finally mentally coerced her to step on my hand and took her to these amaranth. Days later, a mantis baby was on one of the (sad little) grape clusters nearby!
I think our property is one of the only non-sprayed yards on our street.
Thanks - but the picture really took itself, that wild looking elephant head amaranth, love it.
Interesting, your tag of "spiders." I mean, do people search for spiders on OS? :)

Love the photos and the contrast.
Yes, Robyn, some of us DO search out spider posts, for , with Rita, we respect the beasts. Sad to say, there has been a great dearth of them lately. When a spider post , long hoped-for but not dared to anticipate, appears, we leap upon it much like the spider leaps upon the wretched fly. We show up to unleash the best of our lovingly long-accumulated treasury of spider facts, verse, and assorted quotes.

'The spider is regarded as a lunar manifestation, devoted to spinning & weaving. While the thread is reminiscent of that of the Fates, what is woven is of extreme fragility ('but verily, frailest of all houses surely is the house of the spider' THE KORAN).

This fragility evokes the fragility of a reality which is no more than illusory & deceptive appearance . Whether the spider wove the fabric of the world, or the veil of illusion which conceals the Supreme Reality, was a question the most ancient of the Vedas asked.

Spider symbolism forms part of the Indo European cultural heritage and, subject to many different interpretations, makes its easy appearance in the role of cosmic creator, higher deity, or demiurge. This occurs among many peoples.'
"After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.” 

E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

Mornin' : )
I certainly wish the rest of yesterday had been full of bright photos and sunshine....
Being a 16 year old is no picnic - and neither is being the parent of one.

Robyn, I love spiders - not to pet or anything - but there is something fascinating and beautiful about them and their spinning.

....and yes, I screamed involuntarily when I saw a black widow spider for the first time.
snarkychaser - this is elephant head amaranth, which has a different look.
Regular amaranth tends more toward burgundy and is feathery compared to this kind. This kind is lovely in the garden, gets people stopping and asking about it all the time, but it doesn't do much else....not sure how to harvest seed from it.
In rain, it tends to absorb like a cotton ball and the entire plant goes top heavy and falls over, I've discovered.
I highly recommend for a garden, they're 4-7 feet tall and just a wonderful plant to look at every day.
Love this E.B. White quote I just found....
guess I'll stick it here in this thread ; )

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” 
― E.B. White
Nope, being a 16 yr old is no picnic. Well, unless it's a picnic on the slopes of an active volcano... 

'Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
Virginia Woolf
Funny you mention volcanoes - my mind has been intertwining our region's external landscape with my internal landscape - and 'cinder cone' keeps flashing in my mind when I think about the leftovers from the horrible eruption yesterday.
So why is she white? and on such a red plant? Any bets?
I'm pretty sure she's a baby, with coloring just coming in. The marking and shape are just like the brown garden spiders around here.
The plant is elephant head amaranth - but it's less pink/lavender in person, more red/fuschia/burgundy. I had to de-saturate just to be able to post it, it was so bright. 
Not bad for a point and shoot, and not using its inferior zoom, but am starting to wish for something more capable, I admit.
We have white spiders here that seem to be a bit chameleon, they build webby cocoons in the corners of the ceiling.
Since I overcame my arachnophobia I have seen some amazingly beautiful spiders. This one is exceptional.

L, s/he was maybe the size of my pinky finger nail....
I thought it a cool trekking spot for a little spider : )
A noiseless patient spider, no doubt searching for a suitable place for launching forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself.
Jerry, do your words also spill like pearls while you're at home, puttering around?
wow, girl. that is stunningly beautiful. even if it does have a spider in it. and an albino one at that. ewww. i never knew what amaranth was. glad i do now.
Hi Gary, Teddy - it was a nice moment, taking this shot - feels like a year ago, already : )

Teddy, I think it's a baby with color just coming in.
Not sure why I like spiders, but always have.
My husband shrieks around spiders.....scares the poor things ; )
ps - amaranth is now a plant I will plant every year - I love it!!
But I do admit trying to save the seed is a total hassle.
Yay! I like spiders.
Lovely photo, perfect title. I relocate any spiders that come too close to the door, or wander into the house. I'm always extra careful with the rare white ones, they look anemic and I don't know if they're sick or that's just a kind of spider. It never occurred to me they might be babies, I don't think much about spiders. Maybe I'll start!
l'Heure, while once at a gathering in N. California, the kind of gathering where who knows what will happen, the hostess decided she wanted us all to shamanic journey with her.
So... she did her ritual, we all participated.....
While lying there on the floor, this (imaginary... that did not feel imaginary. at. all.) Spider came along and took me through a hole in the redwoods into another world.
She taught me about using the guidelines on the Web as she uses them: so as not to get tangled in the detritus, the sticky webs, of life - to stay on the non-sticky parts of the web. 
So much more she told me...

Changed me forever, that guide I named Lady Spider.
ever since, I don't mind spiders the same way......

...and you're the first person I told this story to. 
17 years later, it feels okay to talk about it now : )
...and Hi, Erica! 
Sorry I missed you : )
I like spiders, too.

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