They say you must take time to “smell the roses”. For me, at the beach, that usually means observing the simple wonders of nature — a baby kingfisher flying into our glass doors, a pair of newborn chicks, a frog or crab in the pool, etc. City dwellers have a tendency to forget some of the simply fascinating natural beings that abound in a more bucolic setting. Bats zooming by and taking a drink of water from the pool, snakes shedding their skins on your lawn and fireflies lighting up a particular roadside bush. On this most recent trip to the beach, I was fascinated by several spectacularly anal-retentive spider webs in our small yard.
The Teen managed to snap these two shots of two different spider webs, the spiders still at the center of the web, waiting for unsuspecting flying insects or “food” to get caught in their traps. This brought up an interesting comment from Mrs. MM — at what point does a spider web become a cobweb? :) The answer? Our collective years of education led us to GUESS that the spider web becomes a cobweb WHEN it is no longer actively used by the spider to catch its intended prey. That seemed logical and simple enough. But a quick google when we returned to the city led to a Wikipedia entry and this added little tidbit: “cob” is derived from an old English word, coppe (pronounced “kab”) which also meant “spider”… So you learn a little something every single day… even while “smelling the roses”. :)