10.01.2007

Nature is Amazing


Late yesterday evening as I was watching my poor DH trying to put fairy lights high up in a tree for upcoming wedding fun, I turned around and spotted this. Have you ever seen a white spider? I haven't and believe me living in the country and woods you see lots of spiders. Isn't it amazing how nature works, giving this spider the perfect camouflage on a white flower? That white flower is a clematis. I planted that vine 5 years ago next to a retaining wall with visions of it growing and spilling down the wall in all it's glory. Nope! Never happened. It hardly grew at all and only ever had a few tiny little flowers. So last fall I transplanted it next to an arbor in the backyard and this spring that thing went crazy. It quickly grew and covered the arbor and had saucer size flowers on it. I guess it really liked it's new home. But that white spider just fascinated me. Hope you find it interesting. :)

11 comments :

Catherine said...

Very interesting indeed, I wonder if it is one of those spiders that can morph~for lack of a better word to it's enviroment...change colors so it will blend in...
That is a pretty clematis, I don't think I have seen one that white. before, I had one do the same thing once I moved it, it took off, and was gorgeous...
Great post!
Cat

Back Through Time said...

Never seen a white spider! Wonder if he just stopped by for the wedding dressed for the occasion? Great photo!
Michelle

Nunnie's Attic said...

I have never seen a white spider before. So I googled it. This is what I found: I'm guessing a Crab Spider, Misumena vatia, also known as Goldenrod Spiders, which do not spin webs and often live on flowers waiting to ambush the insects attracted to the blooms. Crab Spiders are often white, but are capable of changing colors. We have gotten several letters recently about white ones with red stripes.

Interesting...although I hate spiders.

Love,
Julie

Alison Gibbs said...

What a great photo. I've never seen a white spider. Interesting info. on the spider from Julie.
Alison

Kari & Kijsa said...

LOL....I thought the spider was part of the plant because of his color! Thanks for this glimpse of nature!

blessings, kari and kijsa

becky from tn said...

Hi! I have just discovered your website and blog......love them both! Yikes! I'm not too fond of spiders but this white one is really fascinating. Of course, I'm glad it's on YOUR flower! LOL!
We lived in Mississippi for two
years and our house was overrun with brown recluses!! Eeeeeek!

BittersweetPunkin said...

So are poised with the camera taking a pic of a lil spider and DH is wrestling with lil lights high up in a tree?? Priceless!
Blessings,
Robin

BellaColle said...

I find the white spider very interesting!! AND your Clematis.. Hope the fairy lights got up okay. =)

BellaColle said...

I find the white spider very interesting!! AND your Clematis.. Hope the fairy lights got up okay. =)

Ruth Welter said...

Hey Lynn, what a beautiful white spider..I have never seen anything like that before around here either. The coolest thing I've seen here are black squirrels. Not right where I live but if I go towards the city more to visit the botanical garden or the zoo, they have black squirrels running around there as well as the traditional gray. I'll have to bring my camera sometime to shoot a picture.

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Just have to tell you that a while back I made my SweetiePie stop and pick some Spanish moss for me....in some of it was a spider with very looong legs the exact color of the moss, pale pale green grey.. and the only reason I saw it was because it moved!
THEN I find out that chiggers live in the moss too...so, I will buy all my moss from now on.
Francie

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