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) and she was a most willing photographic subject. 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 is making me soft because I almost cried. I have given this photo the hues of sunset as a lasting memorial to her.

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

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

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amateur, arachnid, backyard, before after, garden, home, macro, nature, spider, st andrews cross

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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Comments

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    WOW!!! A very powerful image!!! Love the macro image against that bold background. I agree that they are powerful totems. Beautiful composition in every way.

  • Thanks a lot Deb. The original pic had a nice golden hue, so I just bumped it up a few notches. She was such a beautiful spider, so I hope I’ve done her justice. Photography has taught me to appreciate creepy crawlies, especially spiders. I’m glad you like it :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Brian Beckett
    Brian Beckettalmost 4 years ago

    Cracking shot Neil, pin sharp and very colourful, but I don’t share your love of spiders I’m afraid especially the ones you have over there

  • Cheers Brian. I appreciate you comment mate. Yeah, we’ve got some nasty ones (funnel webs come to mind), be I rarely see them and don’t go looking for them. We learn from a very young age here not to stick fingers in holes and general awareness. My rule of thumb is… if it’s in a web, that’s where it stays. They’re absolutely safe. Unlike the aggressive funnels webs, nearly all spiders are very shy and retiring creature who are shit-scared of us. We just treat each other with respect and maintain the “look but don’t touch” approach. I’ve always had a great fear of spiders, but macro photography has helped me overome that, and I think they are so beautiful since I’ve had a closer look. Sorry for my rant. Thanks for your comment :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallalmost 4 years ago

    great shot :) xxx

  • Cheers Denise. Thanks for looking and for your comment. Bye for now :-)))

    – Neil Ross

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot, Neil

  • Thanks very much Shulie. This little spider was a dear little mate that i was very fond of. I loved taking her pics, and was so sad when she was gone. Glad you like this photo :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    SIMPLY AMAZING CREATURE!
    well-shot, great treatment!
    a fave!

  • Cheers Lacey. Glad you like it, and thanks for the fave :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    IDK if you did ( don’t have time to look sorry!)
    If you haven’t entered this into “the x-factor”…check the rules, but I think you should! :)

  • I’ll check it out. Thanks for the heads up. Have a great day :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • LimbozArt
    LimbozArtalmost 4 years ago

    How beautiful is Edna…my heart is soft too, I love spiders and find them ingenious. I’m so sorry she ended up on a bat’s plate for diner. Thanks for sharing this most unusual catch.

  • You’re most welcome Louise. Nice to meet another softy. Thanks for having a look :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago


    C-grats, Lacey!

  • Cheers lacey. I’m very grateful for the feature. Thank you :-) ps: I joined the X-factor group too. Thanks for the tip :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent shot!

  • Thanks very much :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Adriano Carrideo
    Adriano Carrideoalmost 4 years ago

    Wow stunning image, the spider really pops out from the background well done

  • Cheers Adriano. Much appreciated mate :-)

    – Neil Ross

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