Spider | Pacific Beach, WA | 2017

Long after the seasonal disappearance of household insects — ants, flies, moths — hardy arachnids survive well into autumn and, sometimes, beyond several frosts. Every year, the spider’s determination to find water and warmth in our bathroom borders on inspirational. Set a goal, ignore distractions, plow towards accomplishment. Celebrate with the creation of a gossamer nest, a web so delicate that it’s only discovered in a fleeting ray of winter light. Not a bad existence — survive, create, then one day vanish.