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Golden Orb spider in the bush at a friends property at Tambourine Mountain, QLD, Australia. You usually walk into these guys (or girls in this case) before you ever see them. (AbstractWatercolours effect).

To me, spiders have always been a very powerful spiritual omen representing creation and industry, and also warning those who may be in danger of being caught up in the illusions of this world. They are quick to seize opportunities simply because they remain centred and exercise patience. A very powerful dream symbol and meditation, they are also great teachers, helping us to acknowledge and overcome our own irrational fears. Whether the spider weaves a web or not, they all carry the same energy. In numerology, they resonate to the number 8.

I will state for the record that I’ve always had a fear of spiders. It wasn’t until I took up macro photography that I saw them in a totally different light. Since then, my appreciation has grown into love. They are the most beautiful, shy and retiring creatures that deserve our admiration, not our fear. My fears were irrational, and that is what my spider friends have taught me. For that I am grateful :-) However, some spider species are just nasty bastards, so I steer clear of them! Thankfully, Golden Orb spiders are totally harmless.

Photo taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!

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abstract, amateur, before after, bush, golden orb, macro, mt tambourine, nature, spider, watercolours effect

I love anything that is unusual, unique, or just plain odd, and that’s the sort of image I try to capture. I’m so far from being the world’s best photographer it’s not funny, but I do have the photographer’s ‘eye’ and am more than proficient at capturing the images I see in my world. Thanks for taking the time to view my portfolio. Feel free to leave a message and say G’day.

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    Not afeared o’ spidies, but running into one of these b*ggers might just give me pause… Very cool treatment, Neil!

  • Thanks Mike. I am fascinated with spiders, but I admire them from afar

    – Neil Ross

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 4 years ago

    superb photo! we have them alll over the yard ,have to walk with a stick in front of our face. love the treatments you have done to your pics. I got quite addicted once, to alterations , now I am getting addicted to the picasa …? [forgotten, too early atm…] ;-)))

  • Many thanks Virginia. I can relate to carrying the stick; a necessary item in the garden at times. There’s only so much I can do using Lightzone, but each photo takes its own course, and I just tinker from there. I’m quite happy with this one. There’s a quote that I heard some time ago (I forget by whom) but paraphrasing… “You know the thing is done when you can leave it be.” I’m done tinkering with this one :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    Love your watercolors effect Neil…. I can OIL PAINT, but not Watercolor… LOL I love ink sketching as well… :))))

  • Thank you Debbie. It’s certainly better than the original photo. The watercolour effect has worked with some of my photos, but falls dismally flat with others. I just fluked upon it when tinkering with Lightzone.

    – Neil Ross

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    What an explosion of color!! Love, love, love your effects in this piece!!! Fantastic!!!!

  • Thanks very much. I stumbled upon this effect, but have used it a few times since. Something a little bit different :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroover 3 years ago

    SUPER cool Neil! I knew this was yours! :)
    Kinda reminds me of a psychedelic fossil in a psychedelic rock!
    Of course I see ghosts & goblins & such in the background…but you already knew that…

  • I did know that, and what’s more, I can see them too. We have super powers :-))) I’m really glad that you like it Lacey, and cheers for the fave too :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroover 3 years ago

    C-grats, Lacey

  • Yay :-))) Cheers Lacey. I really appreciate the feature. Thanks :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

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