Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #113: A Labor of Love

I called my husband out onto the porch of our new house one evening this week to see this amazing creation: a spider had built a stunning web in between a post and a bush. And he was posing beautifully right in the middle of his work of art.

It may not be exactly what we would normally think of as a labor of love, but I appreciated his efforts, which seemed to me both practical and beautiful.


Here we have both indoor and outdoor stairs in Ireland, both a bit perilous in their own way. We carried our luggage up these stairs when staying in Ballynahinch Castle, but that was nothing compared to walking the stone steps on Skellig Michael in the wind with no handrail.


The streets of Pompeii are a marvel of Roman engineering. In addition to being laid out methodically, they feature sidewalks, embedded reflector stones, and crosswalks.

Salamanca, Spain

I spent a semester in Salamanca during university and a piece of my heart will always remain. A beautiful city, a friendly and fun city, and so full of history. These were my daily sights: the double cathedral, the Plaza Mayor, and my host family’s street in the east part of the old city.

4 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #113: A Labor of Love

  1. Madame Writer September 7, 2020 / 9:32 pm

    That is both terrifying and beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of spiders, but their art is so breathtaking. I mean, what other animal makes art to capture their food?


  2. JulieG September 8, 2020 / 3:27 am

    Amazingly beautiful 🙂 It’s like the spider is guarding it as well 🙂


  3. Tina Schell September 8, 2020 / 8:54 am

    You’re right Mei-Mei, the webs of spiders are amazing labors of love. Here in South Carolina we have a huge version we call a banana spider. They make gigantic webs in the fall, which are fortunately in the woods for the most part. They are fascinating but I’m a bit unnerved by their size and avoid them as much as possible ! Excellent choice for the challenge


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