EDNA by Neil Ross

(512 viewings – 19 favourites – 10DEC 2011)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. At the bottom of my garden in Brisbane QLD, I found this beautiful St. Andrew’s Cross spider. I called her EDNA (also see companion photo.) This was a very difficult shot to take, particularly in macro. The wind posed a problem, blowing her backwards and forwards in her web.

This was one of the last photos I ever took of her because later the same evening Edna was taken from her web, I suspect by a bat. Old age must be making me soft because I almost cried.

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! St. Andrew’s Cross spiders are totally cool :D

(Macro/watercolours effect).

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

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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  • Carrie Blackwood
    Carrie Blackwoodover 4 years ago

    eeeeewwww… creepy shot, but very well done! I can’t say that I share your same affection for the arachnids, but i can appreciate t your work :)

  • Yeah, spiders are creepy, and they’ve always freaked me out!!! It wasn’t until I started taking pics again that I had a closer look, and they are beautiful. I admire them, but then I don’t want them crawling over me. I’m happy just taking pics :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 4 years ago

    Great Shot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome colors and details. Well done.

  • Thank you very much, Jan. I had to persevere with this photo. The artwork was tricky to maintain the natural features, but also to give it a painted effect. The hard part was the initial photo. Wind and webs = frustration. I’m so glad that you like her. She is beautiful :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • kutayk
    kutaykover 4 years ago

    This awesome Neill – or in your words another fabulous one!

  • Cheers, Kutay. I’ve come to admire spider. They are beautiful :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonover 4 years ago

    Stunning… wow… I adore this and like what you wrote too …

  • Thanks Betsy. I’ve come to appreciate lots of things since I resumed photography. It has a way of changing our view of the world… changing our perspective. I believe that all animals, birds, fish, insects, etc, bring their own magic int our lives. All we need do is notice :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 4 years ago

    UGH…but gorgeous capture!!! heehee…I am trying, but some spiders just freak me out!!! :-)

  • Me too!!! but I reckon if it’s in a web, it knows its place, and it’s likely to stay their. The camera gets me close enough without being too intrusive :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 4 years ago

    Great work Neil. She mustn’t of been too worried about you mate. A fav for me.

  • Thanks mate. She didn’t give a damn about me. Glad you like her :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 4 years ago

    Very cool! I’ve had exactly the same problem trying to take macros of these guys – their webs are so flimsy it’s very hard to catch them when they are still! But I love what you’ve done with this, the colours are beautiful!

  • Yeah, wind and webs don’t go together. I appreciate your comment Damienne :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • samuelsharpe
    samuelsharpeover 4 years ago

    Excellent photo, love it, there even seems to be a web hanging out of his backside.

  • I’m glad you like it, Samuel. Cheers mate :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minorover 4 years ago

    WOW! Amazing macro, Neil!

  • Thanks Laurie. I had to work on this one, but I think it’s come out fairly well :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Pamela Plante
    Pamela Planteover 4 years ago

    Incredible! If i saw this looking at me I wouldn’t be there long!

  • My rule of thumb with spiders is, if they’re in their web, it’s pretty safe. I don’t disturb them… so then I’m not disturbed. If they don’t have a web, that’s a different story. I’ll take the web any day. Thanks for your comment Pamela :-)

    – Neil Ross

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