06 September 2011

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Photographing flora and fauna can be a most frustrating experience. My favourite features of the natural world are small, delicate, hidden. Often by their own design. They can be difficult to find if you look for them, but sometimes they present themselves to the corner of the vision and the opportunity for appreciation and observation presents itself.

I do recommend that you take the time to watch a spider at work spinning a web. So fascinating. We bluster blithey through webs so often that it is not usually too hard a task to find a spider about its business. A morning fog of course helps to highlight arachnid architecture.

Otherwise and anyhow, go stand under a tree. Get close, get personal, near to leaves and branches. They are there. Practically everywhere. It may take a while, a change of your angle of sight perhaps, but be patient. We are not meant to see them anymore than their prey I suppose.

Once you have found one spider, your eyes will begin to tune to their presence. Then it is easy to see that they usually cluster in groups of sorts. Not so surprising when you rely on the wind for transport, have started out from the same place and are likely to encounter foilage fairly quickly on your journey. It is quite something to see a clutter of spiders all spinning in a square metre. (Both cluster and clutter are accepted as collective nouns for spiders, but cluster is more natural to me.)

This little felow was decorating a tree living in Waite Arboretum. Waite Arboretum is well worth a visit. Plenty of old trees, well-labelled.

So, yes, the size of smaller spiders, their own activity and particularly the wind makes it tricky to get a sharp picture of a spider, but sometimes it works out.

I am pretty sure he is doing morning calisthenics to wake up, but as always, click the image for a better view.


Wojtek said...

He may be doing salute to the Sun, if you look closely...

Alf said...

I am doing a big smiley face.