Empty Nest

So she’s all by herself now, the tiny momma spider who tended her egg sac for weeks in the notch above our front door until her multitude of offspring emerged from it this past weekend. Alone again, naturally. It’s kind of sad because now that she’s done her duty she might herself be done. I don’t know why that chokes me up, a bit. But it does.

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The thumbnail on the left was snapped this morning with not a baby in her immediate vicinity. The thumbnail on the right shows the nearest one who’s begun its journey through life by first moving a few feet away to the the other side of the door frame. The pencil eraser included in that image is not there to rub out the spiderling, but to give a better idea of how truly tiny these little eight-leggers are — especially when considering the previous and scale-less macro pix I snapped of them (here and here).

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."