Aug 26, 2007

Running the Gauntlet

I have a particularly strong phobia when it comes to garden spiders, or any of your orb weavers. So when Heather sent me this photo of one she found in her doorway the other morning, I had to pass it along to you.

Right now these spiders are running rampant all over my property. Not only do they show up in my car, but I have to walk down the walk way from my house with my hands in front of me to ensure that I don't get a mouthful of unseen web (I leave for work before the sun comes up). Yes, every morning is a 'running-the-gauntlet' moment for me. It wakes me up.

Thanks for the photo, Heather.


Anonymous said...

Better than coffee, huh, Wombat?

Beautiful spider web.

Arachnophile said...

Yeah, nothing like a little shot of adrenalin to getcha jumpin' in the A to the M. ;p

You do realize that, for the most part, orb weavers are the most harmless and laid back spiders out there? Not that information effects phobias. I know becaue I KNOW we don't have any baboons where I live but I'm still sure I have a pack of 'em living under my bed. ;)

Nebulous Grey said...

There was a gorgeous web on our garden trellis - we have large bushes on either side of the trellis, which acts as a "gateway" into the garden. And a quite pretty spider built her web across the trellis. We had to duck to get into the garden for weeks because we didn't want to disturb her. :)

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered about the evolutionary advantage that must be conferred upon spiders that build their webs exactly at face height.

Nebulous Grey said...

I'm guessing they get inhaled a lot more than other spiders.
Maybe they'll mutate to survive in the human lungs and use us like the wasplings used the Hornworm.

Raging Wombat said...

You just really, really freaked me out Grey.

Danielle Lea said...

Umm, grey, that is not an image I wanted in my head.

That comment AND the picture just gave me the "heebie jeebies".

Jenn said...

I would employ an umbrella, tilt it down, walk behind it, voila! no more spider webs in the face.

yep. I should patent this one, but I'll give it to you for free!