Misty Morning, Drops of Dew

It is well known that Saint Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland.  This is a relief after living in India, where we regularly saw snakes – click here for one example.   Less well known is the story of Saint Drumlin, who banished all the spiders from Ireland.

gate with 2 webs sideways

Not a single spider is left on this island.  All that remains is the glimpse of a ghost of a web on misty mornings.

gate and tiny web

The spiders all sailed to Scotland, seeking refuge with Robert the Bruce.

wooden gate dewy web 2

Saint Drumlin turned all the empty spider webs into strings of pearls.

cropped web with dewdrops

The wooden gate in the photos has appeared on the blog before – with a sparrowhawk, and as part of a springtime gallery.  Both of those posts had slightly more factual content.

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  1. Love the second photo of the web which looks like a spider itself! We saw our first snake of the year a day or two ago. Small…but a snake all the same.

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I hadn’t noticed before, but you’re right, that second web is spider-shaped. Hope the snakes keep their distance from you.

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  2. Gorgeous pics! Can’t say snakes trouble me too much… however being in an apartment not a house means rarely seen. Now cockroaches? Ugh!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Our snake encounters in India mostly came on the golf course. If my ball went into certain bushes, I didn’t bother retrieving it…not worth the risk of disturbing a snake.
      I agree with you on cockroaches- disgusting animals.
      Have you ever had scorpions in your apartment? Our neighbours in Bangalore had them, But the scorpions didn’t cross the street to our house.

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      1. Even being a ‘scorpio’ have rarely encountered them in day-to-day life. 🙂

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  3. linnetmoss says:

    Charming! I love the idea of the spiders sailing en masse to Scotland. I don’t mind a non-venomous snake, but spiders give me chills…

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I think all our fears come from hidden, scuttling, things. If they are out in full view, and don’t take us by surprise, they are OK. But mice, spiders, bugs, reptiles appearing in the corner of my eye and slithering underneath something- that’s creepy.

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      1. linnetmoss says:

        Ideally, yes! But I have a spider thing, so the full view can be just as bad. As a little girl, my brother used to terrify me by brandishing a field guide with a huge spider on the cover! Something about the eight long legs gets to me, even though I know they are mostly beneficial, like snakes…

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  4. Wow! They really do look like pearls. Fantastic shot.

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