big or small, friend or foe, the beauty of nature can be seen in all things

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  • nancie
    nancieabout 4 years ago

    great catch…
    little scary but
    nicely done

  • thank you nancie, much appreciated :)

    – paul erwin

  • Kymie
    Kymieabout 4 years ago

    Great capture

  • thank you very much kymie :)

    – paul erwin

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentalmost 4 years ago

    I usually photograph them with a thong………..great shot!

  • thanks adrian, i find they’re a little 2 dimensional after the thong slap shot :)

    – paul erwin

  • Brian J Castro
    Brian J Castroalmost 4 years ago

    good thing you got it from the back…i heard they can jump
    great capture though

  • thanks brian, i know it made me jump more than once whilst trying to get in close :)

    – paul erwin

  • Irene Walters
    Irene Waltersalmost 4 years ago

    Looks like a black widow to me!

  • hi irene it is definitely a redback spider, which are endemic to australia, they are in fact a member of the widow family of spiders however :)

    – paul erwin

  • Irene Walters
    Irene Waltersalmost 4 years ago

    Paul, it definitely makes me want to step on it!

  • i dont blame you, they have a nasty bite :(

    – paul erwin

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    July 3rd, 2011
    ►For Limited Time the Image it’s Placed on the Group’s HomePage

  • great stuff, thank you very much mary :)

    – paul erwin

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 3 years ago

    So that is one of the wee blighers I’ve heard so much about! Excellent shot and DOF.
    How big is this spider – we can see the detail of the carpet so they must be tiny.
    Congrats on the Image of the Day feature. Kasia

  • many thanks for your comment, the spider was approx 3-4 cm in length, they are quite a small spider in comparison to many others but they pack a nasty punch all the same :)

    – paul erwin

  • mellychan
    mellychanover 3 years ago

    wow. this looks like it’s b & w with selective colouring. great capture – i’ve not seen one in years!

  • thank you for the comment, i appreciate it :) the terry towel polishing cloth the spider is seen on was actually green in colour, I have desaturated all the greens in the image which left the spider untouched. unfortunately i see these little terrors all too often around home :[

    – paul erwin

  • MissyD
    MissyDover 3 years ago

    Please tell me that this bad bad spider isnt on your carpet! fantastic use of SC! Good luck in the United SC Challenge!

  • not on my carpet no, it is a polishing cloth i use on my cars, they dont tend to come into the house, but do find homes in my over crowded shed all the time. thank you for your comment, i appreciate it :)

    – paul erwin

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