Monday, July 23, 2012

Venusta Orchard Spider

It finally quit raining enough for some photography. This tiny arachnid hovered over my Mexican heather in the center of the beautiful concentric web he had woven. It took me two days to get a decent photo because the wind presented such a challenge. Wind and macro photography do not play nice. Also, he remained upside down, so I never got the chance to see him from the top. At least I think he's upside down.







Submitting to Macro Monday.

36 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow! he or she is a gorgeous thing!!! like a squash crossed with pumpkin! :)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Looks like a fiery Australian opal. Beautiful capture!! How close were you? Spiders just give me the willies and I can’t get too close.

bailey-road.com said...

Such a beautiful spider! So fascinating to watch them weave.

Kathy said...

All those bright colors sometimes means danger in nature. You are brave to venture so close. Although he does look sort of like a Faberge Easter egg!

heyBJK said...

Awesome shots, Gail! Love the detail and sharpness! I've never seen a spider like that.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh my gosh he is just beautiful! We'd never see that without your great macro photography, I'm so impressed with it! thanks.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wow, that spider really has some showy colors! Great shots.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

I don´t know what to say...I think it is an absolutely beautiful creature but I don´t want it in my house:)that is for sure...but omg what shots you captured,,,,fabulous work!!

hootnonny said...

Oh my what big eyes you have!
He would be very proud of his portrait.

Butterbean Row said...

Amazing! How do you get these shots!?
And how do you know the name of this spider. You are really something! :o)

♥charlotte

Danielle said...

Not a spider fan (eeeek) but how can you not find this one incredibly beautiful ;).....wow!!

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Linda R said...

WOW! Your macro shots of this spider look great.. Yep, I am smiling..

She Who Carries Camera said...

spectacular!!

Linda said...

Very pretty colors...but it's still a spider! Get back!

Deanna said...

Oh wonderful, I love the colors of that little spider. Glad it stopped blowing long enough for you to get these terrific shots!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Amazing Gail!! His coloring pops out! I always thought spiders were black or grey - not with these beautiful markings! You did notice that almost red marking on his belly --- you be careful!!
His face though and he even has hairs!!!

Evelyn S. said...

Omigosh!!! The spider looks like a creature from a fantasy....a brightly-colored fantasy! Fabulous images, Gail.

rainfield61 said...

You have met one of my favorites, but I have not seen one with such a beautiful colour.

the wild magnolia said...

he is stunning. he is scary.

ladyfi said...

Wow // fabulous shots! Well done.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - spiders have such weird and wonderful forms. Even if they set my teeth a little on edge, I can’t help but look!

Cheers - Stewart M

Rosemary Aubut said...

Not a big spider fan Gail but you have managed to make this one look quite beautiful! Only spiders I have ever seen are either black or brown and squished under my foot if they get to close!
Beautiful and interesting colors!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Wow what a colourful spider!

Arti said...

Amazing photography. The patterns are so beautiful. But the dark colors suggest that it might be poisonous!
Wish you a wonderful week ahead:)

Amy Burzese said...

That is one beautiful creature. I've never seen one with all that color. Great post!

Dianne said...

he's doing stunts!!
he's beautiful, great shots

Crack You Whip said...

Wow!

Autumn said...

What a cool, vibrant spider! Your macro photography is awe-inspiring.

Vagabonde said...

Your pictures are really stunning with that macro lens you bought. My main camera is a Nikon D40 with just a lens – it says Nikon 18-55 mm on it – so I don’t know if I could place a lens like this on it but I wish I could as it does not take good close-up shots. You post some superb pictures – they look like the kinds you see in magazines – bravo!

missing moments said...

What an awesome shot! Incredible!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

That's a very colourful spider! You have managed some fantastic photos of it Gail.

Parsley said...

Beautiful pictures. Never seen a spider like this!

Phil said...

Amazing colours and just super shots. Who could be scared of those little beauties?

Jenny Short said...

Great spider in all his finery. Maybe he thinks the bugs will be attracted to him. xo Jenny

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Lovely lady. It's beautiful. Well captured.