I Was NOT Photographing Spiders!

During my photo walk previous week I tried to take “flash at dusk technique” of a dried up stalk of Heracleum sp. A bit before than, when the sun was still shining strong despite being low over the horizon, I tried to take a picture of a late blossom of Ranunculus sp.

However, as it transpired, I must put the pictures bellow the fold.

Only after coming home did I notice that both of these pictures contain tiny spiders hidden in plain sight. You can see the pictures as taken by the camera (only resized for blog) and then cropped around the spiders.

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  1. jazzlet says

    Beautiful pictures, but I agree with rq, it’s obvious the spider on the Ranunculus knows what you were up to and doesn’t want you interfering with it catching what ever the small bug is. I like th eother two photo’s best, but I do have a particular fondness for seed heads.

  2. says

    In Soviet Czechoslovakia, spider photographs you!
    Wonderful shots.
    I’m sorry for people who are actually arachnophobic*, as the world is so full of spiders.

    *as opposed to the far more common “ewwww spider arachnophobes”.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    It seems the flash at dusk technique also works for spiders. The beautiful evidence is here in exhibits A-D.

  4. voyager says

    I read somewhere once that during your whole life you’re probably within 3 feet of a spider. I’m starting to believe it.

  5. cherbear says

    I’ve developed a fondness for them (spiders). I do still evict some that are obviously in the way at home. I especially like jumping spiders. Espesh the Australian peacock spiders.

  6. Nightjar says

    What a nice surprise. This has happened to me with tiny snails, but not with spiders. The Ranunculus is lovely.

  7. says


    YMMV on the arachnophobia vs “eww spider arachophobia”.

    I used to be one of those run-away-screaming kill-it-with-fire types. (Still am if one falls on me. Or if it’s overly large or super-aggressive.)

    Now I’m just like, “Spider. Eww.” If it gets too close, it’s gonna die, but if it leaves me alone, I’ll leave it alone.

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