String of pearls

As we descend into autumn the days remain fairly warm but the nights are quite cool. We haven’t had much organized rain but there has been some and moisture in the ground contributes to the formation of heavy dew each morning.  Dew forms readily on clear nights when heat is lost from surfaces and the air next to those surfaces drops below its dew point. When this happens water condenses and may form the droplets we know as dew. Although modern, and not-so-modern, science has answered many of the great questions of our times I always encourage the young people that I know to pursue careers in science because not only do many of our greatest questions still wait for answers but there are more and more questions with each day that passes. Imagine my surprise when I learned that it has only been quite recently that scientists have begun to understand why morning dew forms so readily on spider’s silk when, for example, it will not form on a human hair. It seems that spider’s silk is not as smooth as it would appear and knots of nanofibrils are situated along the apparently smooth fibers. Moisture tends to condense around these knots and collects as the droplets which glisten so brightly in the morning sun. Does it spoil the beauty, mystery, and perhaps poetry of a glistening dew drop to know how it forms and why dew will transform an obliging spider’s web into a beautiful string of pearls? No, I do not think so. I believe that when we come to understand nature this can only add to a sense of awe, reverence, and an appreciation for its beauty. That it is all unplanned leads me to appreciate it even more and be thankful.

9 thoughts on “String of pearls

  1. One of the best images in all of nature, combining fragility and perfection in a single mortal moment …

    • I’m glad you are one of the very few who can appreciate this sort of writing and this sort of moment. I knew you were. I was a bit concerned about the last sentence however … I liked it and meant it. Thanks for following and for taking the time to comment – as always, much appreciated. Please say ‘Hi’ to Michael! D

    • Exactly! I’m glad you have this sort of appreciation. Nature got it right first, has had it right all along, and will always do it better. Our attempts to mimic nature are a distant second-best, I wish more of us would understand this. Nature does it more simply, with less fuss, and always with more elegance. Thanks for the comment – sounds like we’re on the same page in our appreciation of nature’s art and beauty. D

      • For sure, I’m a nature lover (^_^). I think art can be inspired by nature. No matter what shape style – the basic thing in art coming from nature COLOUR. We look around, see the greens, blue sky, white clouds, colourful rainbows, and even black birds … this inspires us to use color in art too (this is what i feel when I’m painting(^_^)). Happy to find you blog (^_^).

    • Hi! I’ve been keeping an eye on this dynamic all summer and the last few days have produced some really nice interactions. I’m glad you liked the image and thought to take the time to let me know. Enjoy the Holiday. D

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