Took this photo when I visited the Kapfenberg Schloss in Austria, during the winter of 2013. The camera was a Minox IIIs with Agfa APX 100, and when I saw this spider web in front of a wall lamp I had to snap it.
I believe Jonathan Platt’s poem is quite appropriate:
Silk-thin silver strings woven cleverly into a lair,
An intricate entwining of divinest thread…
Like strands of magic worked upon the air,
The spider spins his enchanted web –
His home so eerily, spiraling spreads.
His gossamer so rigid, yet lighter than mist,
And like an eight-legged sorcerer – a wizard blest,
His lace, like a spell, he conjures and knits;
I witnessed such wild ingenuity wrought and finessed,
Watching the spider weave a dream from his web.