(AS IS, Finepix F550 EXR, f4.8, 1/60secs, ISO100)

End of August 2012, suburban garden in Harrow (NW London, UK), sunset: this industrious little girl is spinning her web, ready for dinner. A common garden spider, or Araneus Diadematus. As a child, I read the legend of Arachne: to quote Wikipedia (it’s late, I’m sleepy, I’m not going to write it better than it’s there…),

‘Arachne was a great mortal weaver who boasted that her skill was greater than that of Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy. Arachne refused to acknowledge that her knowledge came, in part at least, from the goddess. Offended by Arachne’s arrogance, Athena set a contest between the two weavers. According to Ovid, the goddess was so envious of the magnificent tapestry and the mortal weaver’s success, and perhaps offended by the girl’s choice of subjects (the loves and transgressions of the gods), that she destroyed the tapestry and loom and slashed the girl’s face. Ultimately, the goddess turned Arachne into a spider.’ (In my recollection, this also included a curse that the spider weaving will be easily destroyed, and its work will be never-ending…)


spider, web, garden, arachne, arachnid, green, suburb, summer


  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...almost 2 years ago

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  • jozi1
    jozi1almost 2 years ago

    Very cool :)

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  • KParapantaki
    KParapantakialmost 2 years ago

    This is an excellent picture in all respects. Congratulations!

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  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 2 years ago

    very very very lovely !!!!!

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