The last time we went to Pennsylvania it rained the entire time we were there. Plus it had been quite wet for several days before we arrived. Therefore, there was an abundance and variety of the spore reproducers everywhere.
Actually, this is another case of photographing one thing (the spider with her beady, multiple eyes) and finding something else (the ant) while processing the image. I don't think either realized the other was there.
This was one of the first photos I took in a class way back in 2007 called "The Art of Seeing." It came out as a very abstract way of seeing the fall colors across the river, and although it was based as much on luck as it was on my ability to "see," it had some value to me at the time.