Photographing the Invisible–Year of the Spider, Part Two


This is how the web looked during the end of the construction phase.

Obviously she wants to ward off visitors until she is ready.

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DSCN3048_thumb.jpg                                                                      Almost ready to welcome visitors.

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20 responses to “Photographing the Invisible–Year of the Spider, Part Two”

  1. JanD Avatar

    Hi, spider webs fascinate me, I often look at them and think ‘how on earth did you get from there to there’ and the webs are so strong, good post. Janice

    1. Gradmama2011 Avatar

      when I was aiming my camera at the web trying to get an image, the spider actually dropped/jumped into the web on a prey …right before my eyes. I was snapping pix, and first the web was unoccupied and the next second the spider was there. Remarkable.

      1. JanD Avatar

        I know it’s amazing, I would like to set up a video cam it would interesting.

      2. Gradmama2011 Avatar

        I’ll bet it would…

      3. shinepositivepower Avatar

        Wow! What an wesome moment for you to see that gradmama!!! 🙂

      4. Gradmama2011 Avatar

        I know…I actually did get the shot, but it is blurry, and sort of gross, the prey didn’t have a chance all wrapped up in the sticky web.

      5. shinepositivepower Avatar

        Uh felt sorry for the prey.

    2. Gradmama2011 Avatar

      I know…it is amazing what intricate work goes into the web. I do get the sticky-web thing, ever walk into a web without seeing it?

      1. JanD Avatar

        Oh yes, my hand went into a web the other day and I couldn’t get the tough sticky stuff off me. Makes you wonder what would happen if spiders were as big as us and we fell onto the web, I don’t think we would be strong enough to escape lol.

      2. Gradmama2011 Avatar

        oh man…how awful that would be. I bet the one that thought it had caught you must have been disappointed. All that work, then something to big to eat wrecks it. lol

  2. badfish Avatar

    That looks like a huge spider. Spiders scare me, especially big ones. And little ones. I’m not proud.

    1. Gradmama2011 Avatar

      It is a biggun…. I treat it with the utmost respect. It isn’t crazy about the flash from my camera, but it will pose now and then. Its web is in a more or less protected spot where no one walks into it. I have decided in my old age that I want to be a photographer, and spider webs are a challenge. Actually I’ve been shooting pictures for decades, even supported five kids for two years on my pics. Never won any prizes…I need a new camera.

      1. badfish Avatar

        Respect…yeah, that’s a wise move. Wow, you made money with your photos! How great, I would love that. I would love to win a contest (big ego), but I think making a living and supporting loved ones with your art is way more satisfying.

      2. Gradmama2011 Avatar

        back in the day when working as a reporter I got paid for my photos…not since, though. I was supporting five kids then…yikes!

      3. badfish Avatar

        A reporter…I always wanted to do that, just never got around to trying it. Oh wait, I did write a travel story once that got published, with my photos!

      4. Gradmama2011 Avatar

        there ya go…I fell into my job with he paper, and lasted 18 years writing features, after two years as beat reporter. That meant just about anything from fires to wrecks, schools and local governments. It was the best gig of my whole life.

    2. Gradmama2011 Avatar

      they are as afraid of you as you are of them… ha! 🙂

  3. markbialczak Avatar

    Nice work, Gradmama. To get the actual spider and the sticky web, hard lighting and angles, I’m sure! I do all my photos with my iPhone 6, so I just maneuver it to where I think things will look best, look at the screen for verification, and click away!

    1. Gradmama2011 Avatar

      thanks Mark, I saw him jump through the camera lens…im not sure if he blurred the photo or if I did…it was surprise to me. he is a blur. In my fiirst part, with the nice web shot, I had not noticed that spider. Totally different areas of the yard.

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