Trees cocooned in spiders webs after flooding in Sindh, Pakistan

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    An unexpected side-effect of the 2010 flooding in parts of Pakistan was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.

    Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water took so long to recede, many trees became cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh had never seen this phenonemon before - but they also report that there are now less mosquitos than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around.

    UK aid - in response to the Pakistan floods - helped millions of survivors to return home and rebuild their lives.

    Find out more about the UK government's response to the Pakistan floods at

    Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

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    1. alroberts-randoms 96 months ago | reply

      omg omg omg im iching like crazyyyy

    2. jimallen3d 96 months ago | reply

      I think this is awesome first of all. On second impression how ingenious. The floods are staying longer than usual or expected even by nature, and hundreds even thousands of spiders have formed colonies in these trees and made themselves an near impermeable habitats to survie the disaster in. I wonder if these webs now make the inner most parts of the center impervious to moisture, heat and the like? If it does, then is there a great hall or various gathering points witin the "Resource Based Society"? Is this a sign of how to survive coming disasters? Just thinkin out loud.

    3. sky sniper 96 months ago | reply

      it's just awesome!

    4. \\\ CINEMAFIA /// 96 months ago | reply

      It's like a really creepy Christo...

    5. monsterobots 96 months ago | reply

      oh my goodness

    6. Roseline55 95 months ago | reply

      I wonder if the photosynthetic process is in any way impeded by that many webs or if the trees are already dead.

    7. royal.futura 94 months ago | reply

      I cannot stop looking at this photo. Real life is so unreal.

    8. Monica Forss 92 months ago | reply

      This is a great shot!

      Please post it to the The Travel Photographer group.

    9. _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ 88 months ago | reply

      holy crap is this photo amazing

    10. russell-photo 88 months ago | reply

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    11. Estevam Cesar 88 months ago | reply

      Wonderful image and very interesting effect of nature on the trees! I loved the spider webs encapsulated therein, light, color and perspective! His excellent informative text about the episode! Congrats ...

    12. patricia p-v 83 months ago | reply

      wow, what an unusual, whimsical/slightly eerie scene captured. great job.

    13. Monica Forss 82 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture!Please post it to our Group “Good photo,good details” group.

    14. millward.m 23 months ago | reply

      I work for an educational publisher and wanted to let you know we are using this CCBY 2.0 photo in an upcoming book. Many thanks for sharing your talents.

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