My granddaughter’s favorite trick in photography is using back lighting. I have become a believer.
And that reminds me that it’s a worthwhile axiom to follow.
On 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.
The 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.
Okay. 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