I don't know what to call them and the moment was fleeting. I went out to the garage this morning and scattered across the back yard, I saw what looked like tiny, insubstantial patches of fog, nestled in the grass. If I got too close to any one of them, it vanished.
From the back door, with the sun at my back, I could see many of them and I took a bearing on one of the thicker-looked. At medium distance, it appeared to fade away, and even looking start down on it, it was barely perceptible. Bending down, I finally saw it again at bifocal distance: the thinnest of spderwebs, woven of strands so fine they glimmered like elongated rainbows. There was no sign at all of the web-spinner, but if it is sized proportionately, the little spider would be about the size of a dust-mote.
What do they seine from the morning air, do you suppose?
4 months ago