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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Macro; Golden Orb Weaver (Updated)

Charles & I went for a hike at the Flatwoods Sunday evening. There we came upon the largest golden orb weaver I've ever seen, easily 4-5" long (legs included.) It hung low enough over the boardwalk for me to get some macro shots, although it was a bit unnerving putting my hands that close to such a large spider! I recommend clicking on the image for the larger view.

(Updates: May 2009; Published in the book of the Generation Fig Tree '09 art show. July 2009; MSNBC's "It's a Snap" photo contest finalist. July 2010; Julia Margaret Cameron Award Finalist and published in the book of winners and finalists.)

45 comments:

Tabib said...

Wow!, look scary with all those claws and black bristle hairs.
Great macro work!

Rick said...

Did you say 4-5 inches long or 4-5 feet long? It looks almost as big as some of the trees in the picture. It's like the Godzilla of spiders!

Brave Astronaut said...

Thank you, no. I won't be clicking anything to make it larger [typing from behind my chair - says he who hates spiders].

Charles Gramlich said...

such incredible detail. Lets you see how rich evolution is.

Bird said...

Holy cow that's an impressive spider, and an impressive photograph! I'm not scared of spiders at all but I think I'd think twice about getting cosy with one that big.

Lana Gramlich said...

tabib; Thank you. These large spiders are all over the woods around here right now, so it's good to keep a keen eye out when hiking!

rick; Yeah, they're pretty massive. I almost walked face first into one like this when I first moved here (thanks to Charles for grabbing my arm & dragging me back at the last minute!)

ba & bird; *LOL* Imagine how I felt shoving my face right up in there! I only found out after the fact that they're venomous & they will leap from their webs when threatened!

charles; Yes! And what a beautiful spider it is.

Dave Coulter said...

Yikes! Now THAT'S a spider!

Michelle's Spell said...

Damn, Lana -- you are brave! That thing is scary and beautiful. Great picture!

Steve Malley said...

Wow, you're really good with that macro! I can never make mine work right...

virtual voyage said...

Love the balance on the shot between the macro and the trees - talk about camouflage, as well.

Lisa said...

You are a brave woman to get so close! What an awesome awesome shot of this beautiful spider, Lana! Everything about this shot is so perfect!

JR's Thumbprints said...

Such a beautiful pic! Good enough for National Geographic too.

Lana Gramlich said...

dave; That's what I said when I first saw them, myself. I believe there was also some "Holy crap!" in there as well.

michelle; Thank you. :)

steve; Thanks. I'm still practicing w/my macro. Half of the shots I took came out blurry, so don't feel bad. ;)

julie; Thank you. As far as camoflauge goes, we passed a couple coming from the other way who didn't seem to have noticed this monster hanging virtually in their faces!

lisa & jr; Thanks so much! I'm flattered. *blush*

eric1313 said...

Stunning!

You really do have the magic eye!

You and Charles are some lucky people. To have each found the right fit to make the whole puzzle make sense. Can humans ask for more? Probably not.

Yep, that's me... always looking at the emotional side of life.

I haven't yet posted but I will soon. been busy. Very busy.

and it's a good thing! I found some freelance writing work! more details at Charles' blog.

Thanks for your visits!

Erik Donald France said...

Lana,

that's a breathtaking shot. Wowza.

Alien, yet earthling.

Marvin said...

Great macro of a beautiful spider. I've never seen one of those up this direction.

Lana Gramlich said...

erik1313; Congratulations on the freelance work--that's great news!
I agree that Charles & I are pretty lucky. I think that part of it is just that we allow ourselves to be happy, y'know? So many people seem to fight it these days, as though marriage is more about war than peace. We're old (aka "experienced,") enough to know better. ;)

eric; Thank you. These are rather shocking looking beasties, until you get used to them...at least to a point. *L*

marvin; Thanks. No sign of them there, eh? That's good to know for our eventual retirement (to NW AR.) ;)

Cherie said...

Now that's a spider! Wow!

laughingwolf said...

wow... that's so neat, lana :D

T.R. said...

Brave you are. Perfect for Halloween.

Lana Gramlich said...

cheri, laughingwolf & t.r.; Thanks! These spiders are a bit unnerving, but lovely miracles of nature all the same.

Miladysa said...

NO FREAKIN WAY am I clicking on that image!

My G*d that puts the Horror in Halloween October!!!

Donnetta Lee said...

Beautiful! Great work. Reminds of one time out on the farm when there was a big spider on our front porch. She made the most beautiful web. Mama told us to just leave her alone and we'll see how big the web gets. I don't remember what finally happened to it, but we enjoyed watching her and the web she spun for a long time. D

Lana Gramlich said...

miladysa; Glad you enjoyed my piece of "flash non-fiction," if you will. ;)

donnetta; Thanks. I used to enjoy watching spiders at work--back when I lived up north & they were certainly no larger than 3/4" across! *L*

Barbara Martin said...

Sorry, I find spiders like this itcky!

Larry said...

Wow! that is a beauty but I'm actually just a tad bit afraid of spiders when they get close to me. Look at the front hooks on that baby!

Michelle (artscapes) said...

I clicked.... :-O
Amazing photograph of an amazing creature...

Lana Gramlich said...

barbara & larry; Yeah, spiders aren't exactly everyone's cup of tea. This one so amazed me, though, I was compelled to watch it for a long time.

michelle; Thank you. :)

letspaintnature.com said...

I just can't click to make it bigger! You're sooooo brave, I would be running!

Lana Gramlich said...

chris; *LOL* Thank you. :)

Chrissy said...

Isn't he a beaut? Lovely photograph :D

Lana Gramlich said...

chrissy; Thank you. :)

Tom said...

Lana- That is a very cool spider.

Tom

roadgurl5 said...

That is an excellent shot that I must follow up with "eeeeewwwww!!" I know they're amazing and useful creatures but they just give me the willies! :o[

Lana Gramlich said...

tom; Thanks. :)

roadgurl5; They're not for everyone, of course, but they are pretty amazing!

Doson said...

Hey.. Is this edible?
I am asking you this people some people says some spiders(not exactly) are edible.

Lana Gramlich said...

doson; I don't know. Considering I'm deathly allergic to many bugs, I wasn't about to give it a try! *L* I know they're venemous, though, so they're probably not good eating.

timethief said...

Cool photo ... I don't have a spider phobia but I do keep a healthy distance from any venomous wildlife.

Lana Gramlich said...

TT; Now that I know they're venomous (& now that I have some good macros of them,) I don't think I'll be shoving my hands &/or face close in there again, myself! *L*

Natural said...

you're kidding me right? whoa. that is a huge spider. the colors are pretty, but i would be so scared. great find though for your camera.

Lana Gramlich said...

nw; No, not kidding. *L* Thanks!

Vesper said...

Wow, Lana, absolutely amazing! Splendid photo, with fantastic details. Wow!
I love this spider's name, golden orb weaver, it seems fitting for a fantasy tale...

Lana Gramlich said...

vesper; Thanks, again! The name refers to the web it spins, which can look golden in the light. I'm usually too distracted by the enormous spider to pay much attention to the web, I must admit!

Louise said...

OH MY!!! This is the stuff nightmares are made of. Excellent capture!

Lana Gramlich said...

louise; Thank you kindly. :)

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