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Spider webs glowing in the fog

October 22, 2013

Blurry, but you can make out the tiny beads of water which collect light, a little like the glass beads in 3M’s Scotchlite.

Fog strings spider webs with innumerable beads of water so they seem to glow, but they’re not that much easier to photograph. Unlike the spider web on a cloudy day, using a flash on a spider web at night, in the fog, seemed to just cancel out the web’s watery luminosity. So they’re not actually retroreflective like Scotchlite — they need a backlight.

Surprisingly, the flash made the web less visible, and eliminated evidence of the fog.

No flash. The streetlight fills the beads of water on the web with light, and there’s the fog!

I was on the northwest side of the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, Turning 90 degrees to my left, had me looking at some trees. In the fog all the webs between the branches were visible, and all the long filaments connecting them — many over six feet off the ground — a spider’s highway system. It was something I’d never seen before, and couldn’t really capture it with my toy camera. Click the images to enlarge them.

One Comment
  1. Karen permalink

    Great photos

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