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Arachnid Aerobics

By brian1208
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)

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: lynsfiona, amark, johnjohn01 and 25 more

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johnjohn01 16 58 England
20 May 2004 6:10AM
Great montage Brian. I really like it

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ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 6:31AM
Colourful and fascinating series Brian, really tells a story and gives the viewer an excellent all-round view of the unusual spider.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 6:32AM
John, Eric - thanks for the early comments Smile

markah 13 25
20 May 2004 6:48AM
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.

lynsfiona 14 5
20 May 2004 9:06AM
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
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 9:09AM
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!

Love the way you've presented this Brian, top marks.
dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 9:39AM
Good idea to present this as a montage. Lovely colours.

mattmatic 14 598
20 May 2004 10:15AM
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:
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
20 May 2004 10:44AM
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?
geegee 14 29 England
20 May 2004 11:46AM
Fascinating montage. I love spiders, they are such wonderful creatures and this image portrays their industry beautifully.

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 12:00PM
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!

noseprints 14 576
20 May 2004 1:26PM
nice photos! really good composition. great colours and detail. ach, that tail up like a human/alien head!

very well captured.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 1:42PM
Lucie, thanks for the visit and kind comments. Well done on the latest EC

Terry L Plus
14 596 5 England
20 May 2004 1:45PM
What an excellent montage of shots Brian, very nicely done.

flossie 14 1.6k
20 May 2004 3:28PM
Superb Brian, really well done!
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 4:10PM
Thanks for commenting Terry & Anne

amark 14 8 Pakistan
20 May 2004 5:06PM
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
onewildworld 15 696 4 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 5:14PM
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!
ofalgibra 14 2
20 May 2004 5:31PM
Well done, I really like it - very amusing. My only niggle would be the borders - they're a tad messy. Click all the same!
fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 6:11PM
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.


Compliments to the gardener too as the flowers are wonderful!
fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 6:12PM
Oh, and as for the folding of the petal, maybe this could be the makings of a nest for her eggs?
IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
20 May 2004 9:03PM
Excellent macro montage Brin!

Ian (clicked)
ajv 14 Portugal
20 May 2004 11:12PM
Amazing...there isnt anything else to be said!. Well spotted
20 May 2004 11:20PM
Exactly! Superb montage Brian, very well done.

notabimbo 14 9
21 May 2004 12:10AM
Wonderful. Love this.
notabimbo 14 9
21 May 2004 12:12AM
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.

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
21 May 2004 6:11AM
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


(she was back again yesterday - so there is another shot I'm afraid)
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
21 May 2004 12:28PM
What to say always amaze the viewer with your photography, & this set is no exception. A superb idea & so well executed...not enough clicks available!!!!!

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
21 May 2004 12:30PM
Thanks Mike, praise indeed Smile Glad you liked it, Brian
sze4j 14 56 Singapore
21 May 2004 6:22PM
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.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
21 May 2004 7:13PM
thanks sze

keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
21 May 2004 7:24PM
well flippin 'eck. Amazing piece of natural photography. The best and most interesting I've seen in many a day (month).
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
22 May 2004 6:12AM
Keith, thanks for the compliment, much appreciated

v_equals 14 6 United States
23 May 2004 9:57AM
Great, nothing more to add, just great.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
23 May 2004 1:16PM
Cheers John, Brian
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
24 May 2004 11:29AM
Great shots - format works well. click.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
24 May 2004 11:35AM
Lots of composite / montages around at the mo - they can work well can't they. Thanks for the comment Chris

julesm Plus
14 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
31 May 2004 2:03PM
Fascinating images.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
31 May 2004 2:12PM
Thanks for taking time to comment Julian

kit-monster 14 3.7k 2 Singapore
9 Jun 2004 7:35AM
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.

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2004 7:37AM
Cheers Edward


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