February 26, 2009
spider and web
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photo by Donald Kinney
Very early on Tuesday I realized that the rains had stopped, and the first thing that went through my mind was the possibility of a glorious sunrise out at China Camp. So, off I went -- only to be disappointed by a rather ho-hum appearance of the sun... Hey, no problem -- I got to spook around the village at China Camp, being as quiet as possible so as not to wake up the single resident of China Camp, Frank Quan. (Actually, nobody is supposed to be inside the village until 8AM, but that's a rule that I frequently break)
So -- no problem, I thought -- I'd just head out to the the Lake at Nicasio via Lagunitas Creek... Well, of course it was way too early to photograph the Lagunitas Creek, and besides, right now it is a rather un-photogenic raging brownish torrent. So -- no problem, I thought -- I'd just head on over to Nicasio and see if the lake was doing anything interesting with the morning atmospherics. It wasn't...
O.k., well the next stop on my loop was "Old Faithful" -- better known as Roy's Redwoods, and there I actually managed to get a few photos, but nothing that would knock-your-socks-off... Anyway I had a fine time and got a good cardio-vascular workout by hiking up to the top of what they call the Nature Trail.
So, where to from there? I was just a bit pooped from my hike, but I thought I would stop by the little creek, now raging, between San Geronimo and Forest Knolls -- it's part of the Gary Giacomini Wilderness Area. That's where I found this spider web and the spider herself -- busy at work, and probably kind of hungry... I was amazed at just how quickly she was working -- I had quite a difficult time getting a shot where she wasn't slightly blurred by her own movement, but I think this shot will do.
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