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To explain the terrible title .................. I saw this huge spider amongst the undergrowth but it was too well camouflaged for a shot. With its legs extended it was as large as my hand, so I very gingerly took hold of the stem of the dead flower it was settled on, and pulled it out of the undergrowth, with the spider attached. I then quickly held spider on stem in the air with one hand, and took a couple of pics, making quite sure that the spider was not making its way down the stem to my hand! I'm not frightened of them normally, but this one was just a little too large for comfort!

Hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend, and enjoy whatever you do, and wherever you go.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:too hot to handle!
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:23 Aug 2008 - 6:17 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Spider, Wildlife / nature
Votes:76

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 6:47 AM

You suffered for your art, very brave.
Crete just lost some of its attraction.
Stunning shot. Great capture.
chris

Last Modified By cjl47 at 23 Aug 2008 - 6:49 AM
madbob
madbob  8 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 - 6:56 AM

ace capture

kraziteach
23 Aug 2008 - 7:09 AM

I think I would have left it there!

fabulous shot you brave lady!!!!
pam

sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 - 7:16 AM

WOW, your right about him camorflage Carol, his legs do look like the sticks, you've captured him perfectly
well done

marc

BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 - 7:18 AM

That is a superb shot,very well taken.
Dave

fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 7:19 AM

Excellent macro capture ~ pin-sharp detail. If I could I would give you an extra click for bravery Smile

Albert

ringyneck
ringyneck  7308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 7:33 AM

Amazing pic.

Great comp and detail.

Hope you have small hands.

Keith

MRSbiscuit60
23 Aug 2008 - 7:33 AM

Very brave and great capture. Thanks for the bank holiday best wishes and I hope you have a good one too.Trish

goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 7:58 AM

If you didn't have arachnophobia before, you will now - great macro Carol........Bill

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84308 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 8:12 AM

Beautifully caught! You're a braver person then I! I'm not sure about the darker edge, but that's just a personal thing!

User_Removed
23 Aug 2008 - 8:22 AM

I hate spiders, but, this is a stunning shot of a very BIG spider.

BEVZED
BEVZED e2 Member 71140 forum postsBEVZED vcard United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 - 8:36 AM

OMG! The times I've wished you would do the Large (1000 pixels) version of your beautiful pictures I am thankful there is no Large of this critter to jump out of the screen ...

Excellent capture Carol Smile

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 8:57 AM

very brave indeed that you are! - I dont like spiders but for the sake of the hobby have taken 1 or 2 but not large ones - great detail in this one

bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 - 9:10 AM

Wow. Well captured.

John.

MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 - 9:16 AM

Excellent shot an how brave you are too
Mavis

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 9:27 AM

What a tremendous image from a very brave lady.

jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 9:55 AM

WOW !
Amazing macro work.
John

glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 10:11 AM

Bravo Carol.
Good image.

Robert

GalleryGirl
23 Aug 2008 - 10:32 AM

Gosh... well done Carol! I wouldn't have gone anywhere near it! Cracking shot and oh how I miss those lovely blue skies.
Marilyn x

Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 10:43 AM

A cracking macro Carol, he looks like a monster, great stuff
Stace

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
23 Aug 2008 - 10:53 AM

Superb,
Fred.

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 11:14 AM

Excellent shot. Personally, I don't think it needs the darker blue border

panda
panda  10 England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 11:46 AM

Hi Carol, brilliant shot, well done you !

Regards Phil

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 12:25 PM

Truly amazing shot! Even though they are ugly critters, they are fascinating in their habits and diversity.

Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 12:27 PM

An outstanding close-up.
Brian

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 12:57 PM

A spectacular capture-- what a huge spider!
Kudos!
Jennnnn

mrsvee
mrsvee  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 1:31 PM

Super close-up of a huge spider.
Beautiful colours and great detail.
Well done.
Vee.

Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 3:14 PM

What a fantastic capture Carol, so well done.
Bob

Silverzone
23 Aug 2008 - 3:44 PM

Super shot. the subject looks like a crab spider. I noticed the skeleton of another insect on the twig below him, probably a previous meal. Great capture! Sylvia

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
23 Aug 2008 - 3:46 PM

Brilliantly captured and a well done for the great show of bravery.
Christine

chilternsdavid
23 Aug 2008 - 4:55 PM

Nice sharp shot if hand held!Well done,David

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 5:34 PM

This is amazingly clear and superbly composed. Beautiful image Carol, so well done!
Johanna

Dee73
Dee73  6 England
23 Aug 2008 - 5:48 PM

fantastic shot, super detail, well spotted.

Damon

casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 - 6:08 PM

Great macro
john

Morpyre
Morpyre e2 Member 91622 forum postsMorpyre vcard Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 6:27 PM

i shudder and shiver just knowing i share the earth with something like that let alone it being next to my hand - i shall pretend this is a x20 macro lens and that spider is usually the size of an ant Grin

stunning image though - the details are amazing Grin

i am leaving now to look at one of your more friendly subjects lol

peter "morpyre" turner

piccy
piccy  8 Wales
23 Aug 2008 - 6:38 PM

i think you should have a click for bravery as well. Terrific shot.
Freda

dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
23 Aug 2008 - 6:46 PM

AMAZING SHOT

greatdog
greatdog  6 England
23 Aug 2008 - 6:56 PM

Wow!great shot of a scary looking spider!Dane.

John_Horner
John_Horner e2 Member 9John_Horner vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 8:01 PM

Very well captured it is too. Well executed shot

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 8:30 PM

Very brave in my opinion!!
Lovely presentation Carol and the lines and angles makes a great shot
Helen

whiteswan01
23 Aug 2008 - 9:42 PM

excactly very brave suerb capture
Dawn

derekv
derekv  7 England
23 Aug 2008 - 10:36 PM

Great capture, Carol, you wouldn't get me within a mile of that one !

franfoto
franfoto  7 England32 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2008 - 11:52 PM

Incredible shot, such detail and very unusual.
Fran

User_Removed
23 Aug 2008 - 11:57 PM

Who's a brave girl then.

Great capture.

Stuart

CherryMartin
24 Aug 2008 - 2:54 AM

Eck! Great shot.

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2008 - 2:21 PM

Amazingly sharp macro

MandsH
MandsH  7 England
24 Aug 2008 - 7:27 PM

Excellent Carol you were so very brave
Mandy

hellsbells8868
24 Aug 2008 - 8:49 PM

So very well done, i would have been running screaming.......Fab detail although i only had a quick glance lol....amazing...

viscostatic
24 Aug 2008 - 9:04 PM

Very brave - a very dramatic image.

Phil.

gillykins
gillykins  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2008 - 9:39 PM

Rather you than me Carol...great capture!
Gill

nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
25 Aug 2008 - 7:52 AM

Wow ! What an amazing looking beast, great shot.

Nicky

JohnH37
JohnH37  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2008 - 9:35 AM

Amazing/unusual creature.Excellent.
-John

brianhaslam
25 Aug 2008 - 5:56 PM

Too creepy for me.

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1612 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2008 - 7:33 PM

Just amazing, how brave of you, but well worth it !

GlenD
GlenD  7 United States
27 Aug 2008 - 5:34 AM

I think maybe I would of given this one a pass Carol or at least give it a poke with a BIG stick to hopefully move to a better shooting position. No way would I have held it up in the air lol
Great capture! looks like you could put that in the oven on 350 for about 40 minutes until golden brown lol
Glen

KangaGal
KangaGal  664 forum posts Australia
28 Aug 2008 - 8:50 AM

Happy to make it a deserved 70 Carol. Your bravery shines because this is as steady as a rock.
Jenny

Last Modified By KangaGal at 28 Aug 2008 - 8:52 AM
SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2008 - 2:21 PM

Pity I can't go large on this one to make it extra scary. The spider stands out particualrly well against the blue sky.
Sanda

avocet
avocet  7
7 Sep 2008 - 3:21 PM

You have very steady hands!! Looks enormous!

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