Here's something delicate and lovely to lift our spirits on a Monday morning.
If you live in England then the damp misty mornings mean the whole world is decorated with wheels and hammocks of cobwebs, each one starred with a thousand tiny diamonds of dew.
Gossamer means very fine silk, and that includes the fine silk of which a spider's web is made.
Anything particularly fine or wispy can be called gossamer, from clouds to candyfloss to the curling steam from a coffee cup to an insect's wing:
That's a gossamer-winged butterfly, of which there are many species, all members of the family Lycaenidae. This one is the Common Grass Blue.
There are wisps of gossamer everywhere.
On the ground:
Photo by Jon Sullivan.
and even in space. The planet Jupiter has some wispy rings which are called the gossamer rings:
That's a picture taken by the spacecraft Galileo.
So many wonders.
Hope you find one to light up your Monday.
Spot the frippet: gossamer. This word is probably from gos, goose, and somer summer, though the summer in question is actually in winter. That's because the summer it's a St Martin's summer, a time in November when goose was traditionally eaten. The name is probably connected with the fact that in England cobwebs are most easily seen in the misty November mornings.