Wednesday, August 11, 2010
You'll have no idea when you look at this photo how much trouble I went to to get it. I saw a small spider (about the size of a pencil eraser) hanging from a single thread. I went in and got my macro lens, and tripod - oh I loath a tripod. When I came back out all I saw was the thread. I waited. . .suddenly he emerged from under a flower and he went up, then down, then up, then down, for at least ten minutes I tried to track this tiny being with no success.
Finally, he took a breather, in the area that appeared to be the center of all his lines. To get a good focus on this tiny creature I had to use a very long exposure (the sun was fading fast) and hold my breath while the wind blew him gently (not good for a long exposure). It took several attempts to get one this clear.
I continued to watch him as he moved again, this time, round and round. He was amazingly quick! I would guess I stood transfixed for nearly an hour, even watching after darkness fell and moths almost became dinner. I'm not keen on spiders, but behind the lens I'm brave; I do appreciate his dedication to his task. Sometimes, things are worth all the effort poured into them.
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