Sep 13, 2012

Eight-legged friend

If you middle-click on the pics, they open full-scale on a new tab, at least in Opera (in other browsers, right-click and choose the 'open in new tab' option and pray it's working, stupid Blogger). The pics are all super macro shots taken from a maximum distance of one inch with a resolution of 3400x2000, so they bring out detail very well.


This picture is almost professional, with a natural background (backyard with strawberries). The spider itself is about 3-4cms long with its legs stretched. 

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Poor thing sewn its web at the corner of our door. Autumn nights are getting cold and that must have been a warmer place. The web was real tough, hard to tear it apart as it must hold this beast's weight!


I also seem to have luck photographing insects, they usually remain still though this one actually climbed on me and the camera a few times. 


They're not only perfect predators, but almost perfect, complex eight-legged machines as well. This is the bottom side of it and as much as I can tell, the mouth parts (how are they called) are visible as well.


Is it a Weaver from China Miéville's novels in a miniature form? Does it whisper madness? Does it travel between dimensions and sew the webs of reality? What's known is it's in a better place than the corner of our door, after all.

An interesting encounter and I wouldn't have my toy soldiers face a beast of this sort if they were alive!

17 comments:

  1. nice spiders!! beautiful pictures
    don't know the size, but they are not 1/72 !!!

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  2. I've got one metal one of these critters from Reaper hiding somewhere in a box on my modeling table. Its look is worse than its bite...so far.

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    1. My guess is this one could bite pretty big!

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    2. I've just got a Mithril box with Sam, Frodo, Gollum... and the infamous Shelob! a nice beast !

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    3. I can't tell you that it will be soon: I'm not a liar!

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    1. Thank you; a matter of practice with macro shots I guess?

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  4. I shoot a lot of macro. Flowers are my specialty, but I photograph insects as a sideline. And this is the time of year too as it's cool enough that they move a bit slower. I've never been able to get one of these buggers to pose for me!

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    1. Thanks for the comment; this one had been crawling all around, even climbed on the camera one time while I was trying to take pictures, luckily I could make some useful shots.

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  5. Not a fan of spiders but these are great shots!

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    1. Thank you, they're quite useful when there are a lots of bugs and mosquitos around in summer.

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  6. Ah, Araneus diadematus if I am not mistaken? Has it got a diamond pattern on the back of its abdomen? One of my geeky teenage hobbies, was 'spiders'...
    Very nice shot. I used to stay up late on warm autumn evenings with a torch watching them spin their giant orb webs in the garden hedgerow. Fascinating.

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    1. A closer look at the unpublished pictures shows it must be one of those. The white dots are clearly visible, and the last pic in the post shows it pretty well. Thank you.

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  7. Wonderfull pictures! Thanks for sharing!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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