The Kitchen Countertop, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
March 4, 2010

Click on the wee “view larger” thingy, but only if you feel like it….

I was getting dinner ready this evening and, being a creature of habit, I started to fill one of the kitchen sinks with hot water and a splash of dish detergent. I’m “clean as you go” in the kitchen because I hate having to tackle a load of dirty dishes and utensils after I’ve eaten. But I digress…

While I was filling said sink, I noticed a little movement in the other one and this spider came into view. A tiny body, but such lovely long legs! And those long legs were having a bit of a hard time getting up the stainless steel sides. So, being the kind and gentle soul that I am, plus having a minor plague of fruit flies going on at the moment, I rescued this little spidie and put it on the countertop, hoping that, out of gratitude, it would take care of my little fly problem. The kitchen looks like a miniature airport at the moment. Heathrow springs to mind. Anyway, it was probably just a tad unnerved by being rescued, and it stopped for a moment or two on my notepad for a breather. This is the notepad where I make my list all my grocery shopping requirements, by the way. The same list I nearly always forget when I go out.

I took one look and memories of childhood came flooding back. The acidic snarl of a teacher: “Oxley! Your handwriting looks like a drunk and diarrhetic spider has just crawled across the page!”

Nice to see some things never change…..

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spiders, arachnids, macro, insects, humour

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 3 years ago

    Ahhh, what a great story and what a mean teacher. (I might have left out the diarrhetic)

  • Many thanks, Kay, and I left out a lot! The teacher was me Dad…..

    – Mike Oxley

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonover 3 years ago

    I just love spiders!!! And the view large thingie really shows him off!!
    Im also impressed that you get as far as making a list……..I mean to, but I always forget. Lucky I have a shop over the road lol :-)

  • LOL! Thanks so very much Dorothy. I started bringing a list because I began to forget the odd thing. Now I forget the list….So I get out and about a fair bit on Saturdays and try not to go to the same store twice….

    – Mike Oxley

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 3 years ago

    really cool Mike… but so creepy!….

  • Much appreciated, Manon. Thank you! Just a tiny little spider, too small to be creepy! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 3 years ago

    Me and spiders….no….I’d have to sell the house LOL, great image though!

  • LOL! Many, many thanks for your very kind words, Gina. There’s always room for spiders at my place during the winter. Once the weather warms up a bit, I gently put them outside.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 3 years ago

    even small ones are creepy Mike! I know cause I’m a specialist in spider phobia! lol

  • LOL! You and my sister would get along just fine! She’s a specialist, too!

    – Mike Oxley

  • weecoughimages
    weecoughimagesover 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture .. Wee Cough

  • Much appreciated, Wee Cough! Many thanks.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 3 years ago

    Viewing larger you can see his friendly smile.

  • LOL! Many thanks, Fred.

    – Mike Oxley

  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealyover 3 years ago

    Great story to go along with a decent capture, Mike. Well done.


  • Thanks so very much, Gene! Greatly appreciate your very kind words.

    – Mike Oxley

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesover 3 years ago

    You’re a male mate,
    we need lists, just ask any femme, we can only do one thing at a time & we can only remember 3 things on a list when we go shopping!!!!
    I’m an inveterate list maker
    We don’t multitask well mate!!!!
    & talk about lists this poor little Daddy Long-Legs [he looks similar to one like that here in Oz] looks like he’s listing too, maybe to starboard!!!!
    Maybe one too many soap suds….
    Nice shot
    Cheers Lee

  • Many thanks! Truer words never spoken, Lee! Previously, I never needed a list and remembered not only what I needed, but what was missing over at my sister’s. As mentioned, these days, I’m lucky to remember the list. And, speaking of lists, you’re right. The wee spider is definitely showing a bit of a lean. I wonder if it’s a sag of relief at being rescued or if it had grabbed a fruit fly that had just left my empty, but still to be washed, brandy glass.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Aileen David
    Aileen Davidover 3 years ago

    Aww, you big softie! I hope the spider had a good time at the “airport”…and who needs good handwriting anyway :) (says the one with “chicken scratches” for a penmanship, lol!)

  • Thanks so very much, Aileen! I think it’s hanging around the airport because there seems to be a few less of the wee flies around. And my writing always was pretty bad, but with the computer age being upon us for so long, it’s now atrocious! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

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