Architectural Questions

From the inside, follow the spiraling silk 
around the circular architecture.
Notice the perfect spacing,
the radiating bands, tightening.
Some strands are sticky, some are not. 
Concentric rings? No, not exactly.

The sculptor 
of this amazing sculpture
produces liquid silk, 
from silk-producing glands,
becoming solid in the air.

Spinnerets spin fine silk 
only .15 microns in diameter.
The silk is strong, yet elastic. 
Can stretch 30% to 40% before it breaks.

How long to achieve this geometric perfection?
Overnight? Several hours?
Do you find the spider industrious?
Are you impressed by the web’s functionality?
Fascinated by scientific explanation?
Is all this intricacy necessary?
Do you still find it miraculous ?

©  2014  Richard Havenga




Photo Locations:

1. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – (Corkscrew) National Audubon Center, 
Naples, (Naples) Florida (Florida

2. Snake River, Oxbow Bend – Grand Teton National Park, (Teton) Wyoming (Wyoming

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