Looks like Aragog’s relative (Harry Potter alert!)
Photoshop helped me get into the Halloween spirit with this pic, which I recently snapped in Chicago. When I downsized it for easy blog posting, I selected “save for web.”
How ironic! Hope all the spiders you really encounter are much smaller today on Halloween . . . and every day!
Ugly but intriguing
The other morning when I was in our backyard, I couldn’t help but notice a spider in a large web hanging from David, our Bradford pear tree. It stretched about three feet from a branch to the fence.
You know me, right? I raced back into the house to grab my Nikon D700. First, I tried the Nikon 105mm macro lens, but spidey was a little too high up for its range. And, of course, I wasn’t about to get too near the little bugger in case it decided to jump on my head. Too terrifying to even contemplate!
Not too close for comfort
So I switched to the Nikon (f/4) 300mm lens, and that did the trick. I watched . . . from afar, natch . . . as the spinybacked orb weaver (yep, I Googled it) weaved its web. The entire time it was busy as a, well, bee. If that bee was white and black with eight legs, of course.
As I was walking away to return to the safety of my house, I saw that the arachnid and its silky work of art was backlit. Usually I don’t like to shoot into the sun, but I figured I’d give it a try.
A backlit surprise
I was so glad I did! The spider captured a rainbow!!
Posted in insects, photography
Tagged Bradford pear tree, David, insects, Nikon 105mm lens, Nikon 300mm lens, Nikon D700, rainbow, spider, spinybacked orb weaver, web
I snapped this photo of spider webs with my iPhone 4. Shooting into the sun caused the accidental rainbow effect.