Tent Spider by Neil Ross

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Photos taken in my backyard in Brisbane, QLD Australia.

Camera: Canon IXUS 80 IS / 8.0 Megapixels (point and shoot)
Exposure:1/30 sec at f/2.7
Focal Length: 6.1mm / Macro setting / Handheld
ISO: 80 / Flash: NIL
Editing: Lightzone
Textures: With the exception of some gentle sharpening, contrast adjustments and cropping, this photo is pretty much original. Gentle saturation increase of RED on spider’s abdomen to make her pretty, just like lipstick :D That’s it!

This is a view of a Tent Spider (cyrtophora moluccensis) that most of us would rarely see, namely the ‘top’ view. They usually hang upside down beneath their tent-like web so we would normally see their underside. This beautiful, big girl is without a doubt the largest Tent Spider I have ever seen. Apparently they are meant to be about the size of a 50 cent piece, but I guarantee she was double that. The webs they weave are anything from 60-90 cms in diameter.

After one of my typically frenzied gardening sessions, I accidentally chopped out the main section of plant she was suspended from. She hung on for dear life and ended up on the lawn. Luckily I realized what I had done so quickly took a few photos and then placed her back in the garden. I felt so guilty that I had disturbed her, but only a week or so later this entire property was inundated during the Brisbane Floods 2011 so nature would have done what I did anyway. Regardless, she was destined to move, one way or another!

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! Luckily, this lovely big lass is one of the placid ones :D

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

For those that are squeamish around spiders, this one’s just a little bit more ‘in your face!’ Sorry, but your fears may be as irrational as mine once were. I’m sure you’ll get over it :D

Spiders produce silken thread using several paired spinneret glands located at the tip of their abdomen. Can you see the thread here? She held on tight for a rough ride!

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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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Wow what a lovely close up, he has wonderful makings on his back. Great capture Neil.

  • Thanks Andrea. Not as adorable as your Silvereyes though. Now they are cute little critters. Glad your like the pic, and hope you’re well :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Neil…the detail is extraordinary

  • This one was easy, Larry. Spider webs are always moving, and there’s always wind when you need it the least. This one was stationary so I had time to focus. Glad you like it :D

    – Neil Ross

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieover 3 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?


  • Wow, thanks very much Gabbie. Very little fiddling here on this one; it was an easy photo. I do love spiders and this one is a real beauty. Many thanks for the feature :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Glad they are far away in Australia! Great shot, Neil

  • We’ve got the Sydney Funnel Webs and the like, and they are nasty… and very dangerous. Most others are harmless so I don’t mind them in the slightest. Leave ’em alone and they are fine. Glad you like the shot. Thanks Shulie :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    There were BLack Widows where I used to live in California – they are evil looking things

  • We get lots of Redbacks here in Brisbane. They look just like the Black Widows and about the same size, only they have red on their abdomen. Just as deadly so I stay clear. If they get into the house, they die!

    – Neil Ross

  • fungifun
    fungifunover 3 years ago

    I know a lot of people fear them but they are amazing creatures. The webs they weave are just exquisite! Anita

  • Yeah they are amazing. Thanks Anita :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 3 years ago

    DEAR ME!!! yikes

  • Fear not, mate. These guys are totally harmless :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Clive
    Cliveover 3 years ago

  • I really appreciate the feature, Clive. Thank you so much :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...over 3 years ago

    Awesome capture, Congratulations!!!

  • Much appreciated, Cynthia. Thanks :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    17 July 2011

  • Thanks very much, Larry. I appreciate the feature. Cheers :D

    – Neil Ross

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