My granddaughter’s favorite trick in photography is using back lighting.  I have become a believer.

web3Dried flower heads take on a silvery glow with low sunlight.

web2Stalks of dying field grass become dramatic.

web4Every time I see a spider web, I think of the writing by Sir Walter Scott.
“Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive.”

And that reminds me that it’s a worthwhile axiom to follow.

web5On this particular day, there were dozens of thistles wrapped with webs.  For more information on False Purple Thistle, see former post.

The word cobwebs comes from an obsolete word coppe, which means spider.

websThe late afternoon sun magnified the fine hairs of each web.  The reason the webs look like silk is because they are made of proteinaceous spider silk.  This is created from their spinneret glands and is a sticky silk used for trapping prey or for wrapping it.

web6I tried but couldn’t find out what kind of spider this is.  Industrious little fellow.

web7Okay.  This is not backlit but caught my eye on this walk.  These Trompillo (Solanum elaeagnifolium) pods look like yellow tomatoes.  Trompillos are also known as Silverleaf Nightshade, Purple Nightshade, White Horsenettle, or Tomato Weed.

They are a long blooming weed that have prickly stems and leaves.  Trompillos tend to be found in disturbed areas like ditches and caliche roads.

As winter weather threatens, a slow walk to observe nature while the weather is comfortable is enjoyable.

“Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength.  At first it may be but as a spider’s web, easily broken through, but if not resisted, it soon binds us with chains of steel.”  Tyron Edwards

2 thoughts on “Backlit

  1. Years ago my mother made cow cheese and she used trompillo to make the cheese…. she would always send me to go and get her trompillo At that time we used lived in southern New Mexico….. when I got back to visit I can never find the trompillo not sure what happened to the plants….

    • I’ve never heard of a cheese using trompillo. That’s interesting. We still have lots of plants here, so I’m surprised they’ve disappeared from your home area in New Mexico.

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