My husband usually takes out the garbage for pick up early in the morning, but on last week’s pick-up day he was away on a business trip, so the chore fell to me. Sometime after 2 a.m. I was still awake but thinking I should at least try to get some sleep. In order for me not to have to wake up early I pulled the rubbish bin to the curb. Frozen mist was falling, glittering in the street lamp’s light. It really did look like bits of falling glitter.
I could see my breath as I walked back around the side of the house to close the garage door before grabbing the compost bin in the garden. I went out my front door to place the compost bin next to the rubbish bin when I noticed scads of crystallized spider webs. I never knew there were so many spider webs around! All along the fences, in the shrubs, hanging from lights up and down the street.
I imagine you know what happens next.
There I was in the middle of the night snapping pictures on my stoop while in my pyjamas and a heavy coat. I first tried to take pictures without a flash, but the web kept undulating in a gentle breeze.
I ended up taking photos using both of my cameras, each with flash. I still haven’t figured out my Canon EOS 550D and wasn’t having good luck with auto focus, so I used auto mode with manual focus. The first image and the image above were taken with my Sony DSC-HX9V. The rest were taken with the Canon. I hope I’m a more adept photographer the next time frozen mist should fall, but I was pretty pleased with the images I got this time.
And to think that if I’d been snuggled in my bed like normal people, I wouldn’t have been up to see such a natural wonder and so alert that I could spend about an hour and a half taking photos, paying no mind to the ticking clock. Insomnia is not good, but it isn’t all bad either.
*The images in this post are of one spider web beside my front door under our handrail.