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“Underside Visitor”

“Underside Visitor”

“Spiders are anti-social, keep pests under control, and mostly mind their own business, but they somehow summon fear in humans who are far more dangerous, deceitful and have hurt more people. Of the two I’m more suspicious about the latter.”
― Donna Lynn Hope

Finding a ‘visitor’ should not have come as a surprise. As I was making photos of one of my peonies, a spider, variety unknown to me (I’m not a big spider fan), popped out of the petals and chose the base of one of the outer petals as its perch.

Once it found this spot, it did not move and presented an opportunity to make an image of it. Like I said, I’m not a big fan of spiders, but I do enjoy looking at details and this one certainly has some interesting markings. He’s really quite small, but the macro treatment makes him look big in the photo.

Generally, I like to leave peonies on the porch for a few hours before bringing them and all their hitch-hikers into the house, mostly ants, but I expect this guy would have come in regardless.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.4 sec, f/18.0 ISO 100

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“Along Came a Spider”

“Along Came a Spider”

“No living thing is ugly in this world. Even a tarantula considers itself beautiful”
― Munia Khan

Yes, I know, very original title, but I could not get it out of my head.

I was out for a few hours with my son last weekend, playing with a new Nikon 60mm macro lens, making photos of wildflowers with my portable setup, shown a few days ago. As we were hiking back out, I noticed this spider sunning itself on a milkweed pod next to the trail. The light was wonderful and the composition was pretty much automatic. Since, I had the macro lens with me I figured I’d add this one to my collection. It turned out quite well, I think. Not being a ‘spider person’, I have no idea of the species.

Nikon D800
Nikor AFS Micro 60mm f/2.8 US @ 60 mm

1/125 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

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“Silver Web” – Marble Lake

“Silver Web” - Marble Lake

Another early morning image. It’s the time of year when nights get cool and the mornings are damp and misty. Dew clings to everything and the low rising sun lights up the world in silvers and golds. Spider webs that go unnoticed during the day shine with water droplets that appear like silver threads.

I noticed this web in a tree near our camper and the light was just right to reveal the fine details of this particular spider’s work. The curves and arches in the web really jump out, though it appears this web may be in need of some work.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300mm @210mm
1/60 sec @ f/9, ISO 800

Branched Ice-Hole

This morning, the pond at Goodwood Conservation Area had no snow on it (it was -10 C). The pond was covered with these branched holes. I’ve looked them up and seen several theories as to what causes them. Most attribute it to a hole forming under the snow as it melts, which creates the branches or conduits. As the snow melts and the ice reforms, it fills in with darker, harder ice. They sure are interesting