I HAVE A THING FOR SPIDERS, as you will know if you’ve read “And I Shall Have Some Peace There.” No, not a fear (I reserve that for snakes and lightning), but a fascination. I am a spider fan. Images I saw today from post-flood Pakistan of spiders who have cocooned up into the treetops by the millions to survive only increased my awe of these ever-weaving, creative, typically solitary creatures.
The tragedy that the 2010 floods represented for the people of Pakistan is incomprehensible, and in its own way so is the response of some of its tiniest creatures, the spiders. Nature—whether wreaking havoc, or bouncing back after adversity–continues to take my breath away.
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(Photo by Russell Watkins/U.K. Department for International Development, used under a Creative Commons license.)