We try to get out for walks fairly regularly, and what is the point of a walk if not to find spiders? Today we trekked out to the Horticulture Display Garden, but before we even left the yard we had to photograph this bulbous butt.
Then off to the gardens!
We had to check on that humongous Araneus trifolium we’d spotted yesterday — she was still there, hiding under a leaf that was stitched together with webbing, so rather than disrupt her life again like obnoxious paparazzi we left her alone.
We found lots of orb webs hanging from trees, but weren’t able to spot most of their occupants. This one reveals why. It’s Araneus diademata, she’s brown, she’s got this disruptive pigment pattern, and she nestles down in the crotch of a twig where she’s very hard to spot. We probably overlooked a lot of spiders.
We did find a tetragnathid as well, but I kind of hate photographing tetragnathids. They’re so long, and my focal plane is so short and the depth of focus so limited, I can never get them in good focus. Also it was breezy and they hang out in webs that are vibrating in the wind. Those are my excuses, and I’m sticking with them.
Today’s lens that I’m eyeballing furiously: the Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro Lens, just because the depth of focus and the wide angle are so tempting. You know you’ve got the camera bug bad when you’re browsing for exotic gadgetry to add to your collection.