It’s the Invasion of the Invisible Spiders

Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while know by now of my weird fascination with the underbelly of Austin’s Mopac Bridge. Every now and then I just have to spend an entire post on this butt-ugly structure that I somehow cannot get enough of.


Believe it or not, it’s always changing. Last week I walked across the pedestrian bridge underneath the Mopac highway bridge and noticed these dark blotches on the columns.

I took a closer look and it seems they’re spider webs. Either they recently appeared, or they were there already and just now got terribly dusty and therefore more visible. I don’t know. And no, I’m not going to look it up, because I kind of like the mystery.

In fact, it’s one of the many things I love about the bridge: how it’s covered in nature.

What I especially appreciate is that I never see a single spider in all these spiderwebs. I’m quite the arachnaphobe, and in the Netherlands, if there were spiderwebs on a bridge, there’d always be a big, fat spider somewhere. But whatever the spiders look like that have practically covered the Mopac bridge, they stay out of sight, so they’re my favorite kind.

Well, at least this last picture is pretty, right? Or is is still just me?

7 responses to “It’s the Invasion of the Invisible Spiders

  1. I won’t say anything 😉


  2. Invisible spiders are my favourite kind too. Yes, that last shot is lovely!


  3. I used to love walking or jogging the trail at Zilker. I agree, the last shot is very pretty. And that next to last one is pretty cool too. And the the others. I also like seeing all the kinds of plants and critters that colonize a bridge. Even spiders. Personally, I like the little eight-leggers but my partner definitely prefers the invisible kind. (Whenever she spots one in the house, I am frantically summoned to remove it immediately.)


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