Monday, October 3, 2011

Fairy Handkerchief - Greene County, Virginia 

One recent morning, as I walking out of the house, I noticed that the flower garden was filled with the dew soaked webs of small, ground-dwelling spiders. My wife calls these webs "fairy handkerchiefs"  which have been carelessly dropped by visiting fairies. It is a tale that goes way back.

In 1842, Louisa May Alcott spent the summer in Concord, Massachusetts, and explored the woods surrounding Walden Pond in the company of Henry David Thoreau.

"They were months of taking walks with Thoreau, who told her that the cobwebby way the dew formed on the Concord grass in the morning was really handkerchiefs left by fairies."  Susan Cheever, Louisa May Alcott, 2010


  1. Never seen one that thick very interesting.

  2. Don, this was indeed an unusually large one. There were several this size on the roses. I mostly see them down in the grass, and much smaller.

  3. Beautiful love the rose now I will see "Fairy Hankerchiefs" instead of spider webs thanks for sharing Martha


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