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Friday, May 29, 2009

Photo Phriday: Backyard Spiders

While weeding yesterday I noticed some spiders making a run for it and instead of my usual high pitched girl scream, followed by lots of hand waving and something like a freak out reaction where my whole body seizes in fright I instead ran into the house to get my camera. I spent a good two hours photoing these and I attribute the fact that I could get over my fear of bugs to the fact that I am IN LOVE with macro photography. There is just something so surreal about showing the smallest of things in such great detail. If you start to feel creepy crawly things when looking at these imagine how I felt trying to photo them.

GRASS SPIDER

COBWEB SPIDER


COBWEB SPIDER


COBWEB SPIDER


COBWEB SPIDER

COBWEB SPIDER

COBWEB SPIDER

ORB WEAVER

Mr. Rogue and I went outside to talk about our ideas for a project we plan to tackle within the next two weeks when we were suddenly distracted by the dogs going crazy. When I approached our cement block wall I noticed that they were indeed attempting to catch a possum who lives in the surrounding area and visits our Tangerine tree at night often. I bent closer to the wall to get a better look and ran my face smack dab in the middle of a HUGE web. I freaked out for a moment, and then I realized that the web belonged to a HUGE Orb Weaver. We grabbed the camera so we could add this spider to the series today. Isn’t this baby beautiful AND scary.


ORB WEAVER

ORB WEAVER

Now imagine your face only millimetres away. Be afraid when you go out in the night. After shooting this I attempted to get Mr. Rogue to catch the spider so I could photo it during the day. Generally Orb Spiders of this size only come out at night. He balked and refused to even think about catching it, so in the pursuit of becoming a better photographer I DECIDED that I would just catch it in a huge container. That did not go as well as I hoped. Needless to say I did not catch the spider, and I am still worried that it is going to come and get me for ruining its web.

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