Here’s something you don’t see very often, if at all. Gossamer threads at ground level. This image was taken on our short walk on the South Downs as seen in the previous post – click here to view.
My wife spotted these first – credit where credit’s due. Turning to look towards the sun, which was low in the sky, she spotted that the rough grass was covered in gossamer threads – hundreds upon hundreds of them. They appeared at right angles to the sun’s path, but probably were in many directions; but it was only when looking towards the sun that they were illuminated.
I don’t recall seeing this phenomenon before. I’m aware that spiders have the capacity to ‘balloon’ or ‘kite’ through the air trailing threads between one bush and another; and while out walking in the early morning I have felt gossamer threads brush against my face or exposed arms as I have broken their trails. And I have seen the densely meshed carpets that spiders can weave on shrubs and plants – commonly seen on dewy mornings. But I don’t recall threads just above ground level in this profusion, and in such cold weather.
A remarkable sight. Have you seen this phenomenon?