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“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I’ve a many curious things to show when you are there."
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.”

“I’m sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?” said the Spider to the Fly.
“There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I’ll snugly tuck you in!”
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, “for I’ve often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!”

Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, " Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I ‘ve always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that’s nice;
I’m sure you’re very welcome — will you please to take a slice?"
“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “kind Sir, that cannot be,
I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!”

“Sweet creature!” said the Spider, “you’re witty and you’re wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I’ve a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
If you’ll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself.”
“I thank you, gentle sir,” she said, “for what you ‘re pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I’ll call another day.”

The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
“Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple — there’s a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!”

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue -
Thinking only of her crested head -
poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour — but she ne’er came out again!

And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed:
Unto an evil counselor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly."

The Spider and the Fly
by Mary Howitt

Part of “To Dance Between Shadow and Light” series. First image can be seen here

Model: Danika
Photography / processing: Geoff

Tv: 1/200 sec
Av: f/11
ISO: 200


  • Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals
    Geoff Coleman ...about 5 years ago

  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks Ade – glad you like it.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot Geoff! Awesome pose & lighting.

  • Dani’s highly skilled – she makes the most difficult poses look effortless. Thanks Di.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Mudsoldat
    Mudsoldatabout 5 years ago

    Strewth…another big ole gorgeous spider…she’s fantastic…tho just why she’d want to do that to her body is beyong my ability to understand…still..she looks great doing it. Dancers are fantastic. MS

  • Yep she is a pleasure to watch and she loves it which is why she does it – huge discipline and commitment – takes several hours of exercising and warm-ups before being able to do this.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 5 years ago


  • Glad you like it. Thanks

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • carss66
    carss66about 5 years ago

    great shot,and yes i will enter your parlour lol

  • Lol. Thanks for your comment.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonabout 5 years ago

    Geoff, this is just superb – the pose, the model’s execution, the lighting, the whole concept. I just cant believe this fabulous work you are doing!!! Keep it coming.

  • Your such a sweetie – thanks Marguerite – certainly will – took over 400 shots from this shoot and man has it been hard to pick out the best – she is just so good almost every shot worked.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Naveen  Sharma
    Naveen Sharmaabout 5 years ago

    wow great lighting & capture

  • Thank you.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • KMorral
    KMorralabout 5 years ago

    Most intriguing! Beautiful in its simplicity…striking pose! Fabulous composition all round

  • What a great comment – thanks.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

  • Adriana Glackin
    Adriana Glackinabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work, Geoff! :D

  • Ta Adriana.

    – Geoff Coleman - Conceptuals

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