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Arachnophobes forgive me but I thought this montage may be sufficiently different to be acceptable.

I watched this crab spider in total fascination for about 30 minutes.

In the large left and top right shots it is folding a leaf and sticking it together to make a hiding place (sunshade?).

Middle right and bottom right it is throwing a single strand from its spinnaret (wish I'd got my macro lens on at that moment) and then using it as a bridge to move about the rose garden.

I hope you find it interesting. (The title was my wife's inspiration)

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Sigma 70 - 300 APO mk 2 @300mm
Title:Arachnid Aerobics
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:20 May 2004 - 5:48 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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johnjohn01
johnjohn01 e2 Member 1358 forum postsjohnjohn01 vcard England
20 May 2004 - 6:10 AM

Great montage Brian. I really like it

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh e2 Member 11121 forum postsericfaragh vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2004 - 6:31 AM

Colourful and fascinating series Brian, really tells a story and gives the viewer an excellent all-round view of the unusual spider.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110598 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2004 - 6:32 AM

John, Eric - thanks for the early comments Smile

Brian

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markah
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20 May 2004 - 6:48 AM

Really good montage, I like how clear the spider is and the way it makes the web. I have never seen a spider of this colour before as well.

Mark

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lynsfiona
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20 May 2004 - 9:06 AM

What a great selection of brilliant shots! I've never seen one of these before also, quite glad I haven't actually!! Great title, well done Brians Wife! *big **click**

Lyns x

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brian1208
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20 May 2004 - 9:09 AM

Thanks Mark & Lyns - its only a tiny little thinj Lyns and it is a lovely colour against the pinks and purples Smile

Pam will be pleased!

Brian

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headskiesfly
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20 May 2004 - 9:38 AM

Love the way you've presented this Brian, top marks.
Richard

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dp
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20 May 2004 - 9:39 AM

Good idea to present this as a montage. Lovely colours.

Dave

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
20 May 2004 - 10:15 AM

Brian - this is great! Amazing Arachnid Aerobics even Smile
(Only small niggle is I don't agree with the two colours for the border and space, but that's my opinion.)
Matt :clickityclick:

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Patricia Fenn
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20 May 2004 - 10:44 AM

Bravo! Brian's wife...we'll send you all our pickies now when we can't think of a title!
Seriously good montage, and are they yesterdays stamens I see?
Click!

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geegee
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20 May 2004 - 11:46 AM

Fascinating montage. I love spiders, they are such wonderful creatures and this image portrays their industry beautifully.
Click.

George.

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brian1208
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20 May 2004 - 12:00 PM

Richard, Dave, Matt, Patricia & George - thanks you for your kind comments.

Matt, I was in two minds about the internal dividers. I thought it worked OK using one of the colours from the rose leaves - but, as you say - personal taste is always going to differ Smile

Well spotted Patricia!

Brian

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noseprints
noseprints e2 Member 11576 forum postsnoseprints vcard
20 May 2004 - 1:26 PM

nice photos! really good composition. great colours and detail. ach, that tail up like a human/alien head!

very well captured.

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brian1208
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20 May 2004 - 1:42 PM

Lucie, thanks for the visit and kind comments. Well done on the latest EC

Brian

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Terry L
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20 May 2004 - 1:45 PM

What an excellent montage of shots Brian, very nicely done.

Regards
Terry.

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flossie
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20 May 2004 - 3:28 PM

Superb Brian, really well done!

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brian1208
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20 May 2004 - 4:10 PM

Thanks for commenting Terry & Anne

Brian

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amark
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20 May 2004 - 5:06 PM

Believe me, I thought it was some toy, You amazed me then telling the whole story .. Powerful closeup and then strange look of this spider. I saw one I thought was transparent, wish I could get a sharp look as you done here.

Super capturing really I love that web.. I mean out standing really

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onewildworld
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20 May 2004 - 5:14 PM

Brian, you can have very many *Clicks* for this. Very impressive.....I'm not sure on the ID, but I suspect it is Misumena vatia
It is a brilliant view of a little spider's life (well a day in the....!) Well done!
Brilliant Macro. Nuff said!
Dave

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ofalgibra
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20 May 2004 - 5:31 PM

Well done, I really like it - very amusing. My only niggle would be the borders - they're a tad messy. Click all the same!

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fishiee
fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2004 - 6:11 PM

Another fantastic set of shots brian! I could tell this was your work as soon as I saw it. Every one is pin sharp, the colours are fantastic, with each one an interesting variation that shows the activities of these spiders.

Superb!

Compliments to the gardener too as the flowers are wonderful!

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fishiee
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20 May 2004 - 6:12 PM

Oh, and as for the folding of the petal, maybe this could be the makings of a nest for her eggs?

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IanA
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20 May 2004 - 9:03 PM

Excellent macro montage Brin!

Ian (clicked)

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ajv
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20 May 2004 - 11:12 PM

Amazing...there isnt anything else to be said!. Well spotted

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speeedyblue2
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20 May 2004 - 11:20 PM

Exactly! Superb montage Brian, very well done.

Mary

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notabimbo
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21 May 2004 - 12:10 AM

Wonderful. Love this.

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notabimbo
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21 May 2004 - 12:12 AM

I'm back again for a second look.
Each of these pictures is awesome as a stand alone (I particularly love the middle frame) , but they take on more impact together as they are.

WOW.

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 6:11 AM

Once more, thanks for all the positive comments - I wasn't sure how this would go down as so many appear to dislike spiders.

Dave - thanks for the ID

Matt - I can see what you mean - see my comment to the other Matt Smile

John - this presentation style tends to flatter the quality of the image! Thanks for the thoughts. The garden is a joint effort - I do the design and framework planting - Pam does the detail work.

Amy - twice? I'm flattered - LOL

Brian

(she was back again yesterday - so there is another shot I'm afraid)

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Greyheron
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21 May 2004 - 12:28 PM

What to say Brian......you always amaze the viewer with your photography, & this set is no exception. A superb idea & so well executed...not enough clicks available!!!!!

Mike

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 12:30 PM

Thanks Mike, praise indeed Smile Glad you liked it, Brian

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sze4j
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21 May 2004 - 6:22 PM

it looks like an alien head in the first photo on the left! =)

Very nice...very intersting...very educational....will give u 4 clicks if i can....

click click click click.

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brian1208
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21 May 2004 - 7:13 PM

thanks sze

Brian

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keithh
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21 May 2004 - 7:24 PM

well flippin 'eck. Amazing piece of natural photography. The best and most interesting I've seen in many a day (month).

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brian1208
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22 May 2004 - 6:12 AM

Keith, thanks for the compliment, much appreciated

Brian

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v_equals
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23 May 2004 - 9:57 AM

Great, nothing more to add, just great.

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brian1208
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23 May 2004 - 1:16 PM

Cheers John, Brian

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lobsterboy
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24 May 2004 - 11:29 AM

Great shots - format works well. click.

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brian1208
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24 May 2004 - 11:35 AM

Lots of composite / montages around at the mo - they can work well can't they. Thanks for the comment Chris

Brian

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31 May 2004 - 2:03 PM

Fascinating images.
click

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brian1208
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31 May 2004 - 2:12 PM

Thanks for taking time to comment Julian

Brian

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kit-monster
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9 Jun 2004 - 7:35 AM

Great shot Brian - missed this as was pretty ill that week. If I had, I wouldn't have spent hours trying to figure out what I'd seen on my orchid shoot.

Good study.

Edward

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9 Jun 2004 - 7:37 AM

Cheers Edward

Brian

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