...and THERE SHE WAS!!!!
I started to pulling my camera out of the bag. This time I wasn’t going to assume she’d still be there in thirty minutes. But by now, Aragog had my number! Before I could finish unzipping the camera bag, she scampered upward and to the right!
Her web might not be symmetrical, but she sure knew where the silk express lane was. I didn’t realize how fast spiders can move when they want to. Do you know that a spider can outrun a cheetah in any distance shorter than 2 meters. I reminded myself to stay a bit further away from her web.
On the other hand, Aha!
BUTLER: “What kind of strange sentence construction is ‘On the other hand, Aha!’?”
Please note the "Lines" of the ladder -
My Friday Shootout Contribution.My first thought was that she had scampered all the way up to the top of the step ladder from which she was preparing to drop down on me from above, wrap me in her silken shrouds and suck me out for dinner. By now, however, I was one very determined black widow naturalist. So I finished arming myself with my trusty camera and returned. Watching the ceiling above me, I set the camera on the floor under her nest (but greater than 2.1 meters away) and shot a picture looking up.
I whispered the words again, slow, so I could take in their full meaning – “200 spider eggs.”
My wife called from inside the house, “By the way, Mark! Did you ever get rid of that spider?”
I groaned back, “Almost, Honey! I’m working on it.
Somewhere in a dark step ladder crevice, Aragog lurked. I could hear her soft, crackling voice daring me to reach in and try to take her eggs.
Instead, I scooped up the camera and ran back into the house, slamming the door and blocking it with a chair wedged under the doorknob. Struggling to make my voice sound matter-of-fact, I suggested to Karen, “I think we should start using the back door when we come and go. We could use the exercise.”