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Circle of Sheep and Giant Spider Webs

Posted in Rotten with tags , , on March 23, 2008 by davehurwitz

Sheep CircleWe all know the stories about sheep and sheep herders. At least I have. Something about greasing up the mutton chop and pushing it over a fence (wink wink).

What I’ve never seen is a circle of sheep. Apparently it does happen. On January 25, one Russell Bird snapped this photo of 100 sheep in a near perfect circle in Hertfordshire, England. The circle lasted ten minutes, ending when a farmer drove a tractor into the field. Perhaps they were following the leader, who in turn followed the end of the line.

Spider Web This is a real spider web in Texas. No, William Shatner will not save you from this one. If you haven’t seen Kingdom of the Spiders I urge you to. The movie is awful, but watchable. You have Shatner’s acting (or over acting) and the scene where he changes the fuse is especially good. Also the opening scene showcases the best actor in the film: the cow. There are three reaction shots where the cow “senses” the spiders coming to attack her. Astounding.

Anyway, the spiders in Texas have been busy. In late August, 2007, heavy summer rains created perfect feeding conditions for spiders. Typically these critters consume their rivals, so they’re not much on cooperation. In this case the food supply was abundant — an all-you-can-eat buffet if you will. The spiders worked collectively to spin a web that covered 600 ft along the trail at Lake Tawakoni State Park (about 45 miles east of Dallas). This super-web started out a pristine white, but soon was covered in so many wriggling mosquitoes that it turned brown. Park superintendent, Donna Garde, said, “…you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in that web.”

Chris Kalidor