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a mother's love

By CarolG  
Another palm-sized spider, but this time I found her a most endearing creature. She had fallen into my friend's empty swimming pool and was unable to get out unassisted. Armed with a broom, I eased her onto it and gently lifted her out. She made no attempt to scuttle away, so out came the camera. On closer inspection I found that she was clutching a sac of babies underneath her, which I originally thought was just a small pebble (no glasses on at the time!). She let me kneel down within inches of her and snap away happily, keeping a firm grasp on her precious bundle of kids.

Believe it or not, the next day I found her in the same situation, in the swimming pool, and had to rescue her once more. This time I only managed to get her, minus the babies, onto the brush, and gently placed her at the side of the pool, where she sat and waited until I retrieved her precious load and placed it in front of her. She quickly gathered it up under her belly and made her way away from the pool into the roots of an olive tree, where she stayed for most of the day.

Tags: General Spider Close-up Babies Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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Dugud 10 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 6:41AM
Great series of close ups, well done.

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greatdog 10 21 England
2 Sep 2008 6:48AM
Great shots Carol,lovely sharp detail, I will have more nightmares now!just for a change its raining this morning!Dane.
RuthyJ 11 England
2 Sep 2008 6:51AM
A stunning set of shots Carol. The detail is amazing.
VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 6:58AM
Excellent shots.
2 Sep 2008 6:59AM
Excellant set of images. Love the beady little eyes.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
2 Sep 2008 7:12AM
Splendid detail, a great set of shots. Good narration to accompant it too.
michaelo Plus
11 11 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 7:12AM
excellent detail, love the colours, keep-up the good work!
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 7:13AM
This is a great series of clos-up images Carol with excellent detail. The exposure is also spot on, not easy with the ones taken in sunlight. I really like the catchlights in the eyes.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 7:19AM
Aw Carol, these pictures are amazing! I am not really a spider friend, but I try not to harm them, as they are such useful creatures. You get an award for the stunning quality of the images, your courage at taking them and for the good act of saving her and her precious load.

Have a good day,
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
2 Sep 2008 7:31AM
Super collection, what an amazing little fella, as Johanna says not my favourite creature but wonderful photos.
No 2 is my favourite
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
2 Sep 2008 7:31AM
Great close ups

KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
2 Sep 2008 7:39AM
I'm sorry Carol, I still don't find it 'endearing'!!! You have captured it brilliantly, lots of ............ details! As it comes into Autumn the huge black spiders have started to come indoors - I'm still not sure who runs the fastest, me or the spider!
2 Sep 2008 7:46AM
Scary stuff!.. great series Carol

Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
2 Sep 2008 7:46AM
Amazing shots of this fasinating insect !

The capture of the eyes make the shots !

GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 7:48AM
Well done Carol! I find this one not so scary as she has a cute little face. What a lovely caring Mum she is. Cute!
Marilyn x
Ray42 10 3 England
2 Sep 2008 8:01AM
Nice series - details is great
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 8:07AM
wow, stunning close ups, really very well taken set
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
2 Sep 2008 8:24AM
Excellent set of images, well done for saving her twice ! Carol. Ron.
MandsH 11 England
2 Sep 2008 8:31AM
Too close for comfort - cracking shots
sitan1 Plus
9 1.2k United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 8:36AM
Wow what a great story to compliment a great picture.
Love the detail and the dof and the spider has likkle catchlights in his eyes, only if all subjects where this compliant.
You get my well deserved vote just for your bravery and compassion...........oh yeah and for the fantastic picture Smile
Arty 15 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 8:39AM
Superb set of shots! The detail is just great.
RachelMB 12 42 10 England
2 Sep 2008 9:06AM
Rather you than me!
If you ignore the legs, she's quite cute (and I can't believe I'm saying that about a spider....let alone one that big!). I like all of the shots, but V4 is funny - it looks quite comical Grin
2 Sep 2008 9:09AM
Super set of images,
Angi_Wallace 10 172 10 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 9:09AM
The photographs are all fabulous and such a lovely account to accompany them. Well done. Angi
hellsbells8868 9 151 2 Wales
2 Sep 2008 9:23AM
Wow, fabulous close ups, great detail, and oh so brave, i just couldnt do it lol...
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 10:18AM
thats amazing carol, better than a pram LOL
what brilliant detail in every shot, you've capture her perfectly
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
2 Sep 2008 10:30AM
Superb natural history shots Carol. Quality macro photography.

whiteswan01 10 13 England
2 Sep 2008 10:52AM
wow excellent well worth the award
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
2 Sep 2008 11:39AM
Outstanding set of macro images Carol,
2 Sep 2008 11:49AM
Very fine details,Thank you.
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 11:50AM
What an amazing set of shots Carol. Well done.

exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
2 Sep 2008 11:58AM
I do love their faces they do look so sweet and friendly, lovely eye details Carol light and composition.
crookymonsta Plus
10 837 10 England
2 Sep 2008 12:36PM
Superb work on such a scary subject. I would have to use a very long lens on one of these! Sandra
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
2 Sep 2008 12:37PM
Superb capture. So sharp with great detail
2 Sep 2008 12:55PM
Fabulous series of shots Carol. Better you than me, I have a slight phobia about these lovely creatures (but not as bad as my wife who would run a mile).

2 Sep 2008 12:57PM
ace capture
MRSbiscuit60 10 224 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 1:04PM
Happy to give you your 40th click. Great set of shots. I'm not that keen on large spiders but would never harm any. This one must have been so pleased you were around to save her and her brood and we are pleased for your bravery at taking such a good pic. Trish
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 1:36PM
a lovely story Carol, will you still feel the same when you find a thousand of them running around? Smile A great set of images,
Richsr 11 91 223 England
2 Sep 2008 1:37PM
Like the details and tones in this - well rescued too.
Regards Richard.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Sep 2008 1:53PM
A incredible story with equally incredible images-- Well done all around!
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 1:58PM
Fantastic close up and detail, what a lovely story that is a look of gratitude on her face!

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
2 Sep 2008 2:10PM
These are marvelous Carol such great work.
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
2 Sep 2008 2:13PM
Brilliant and Yukky.

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
2 Sep 2008 3:14PM
a well deserved award for sure... these images are fantastic.. loved your write up as well
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 3:29PM
goodness me what a story and what a picture to end all happily - good work on both counts taking the image and rescuing a darned spider and young heheh!
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
2 Sep 2008 3:34PM
They really are amazingly good mothers for the most part. Good for you for helping her out of her mess...odd she did it twice! Great shot,
Jools_jti 12 257 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 3:39PM
Great series of shots and an endearing story attached. When humans and creatures interact, I desperately wonder what is going in the creatures mind.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 3:43PM
Really interesting story and smashing shots.
Cormy 10 3 England
2 Sep 2008 3:46PM
Super work Carol and so very interesting.
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
2 Sep 2008 3:56PM
Very, very nice set of shots !
User_Removed 11 19 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 4:14PM
excellant capture...
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 5:13PM
Wow, great story, really interesting images.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
2 Sep 2008 5:30PM
Big and scary... great capture

Cormy 10 3 England
2 Sep 2008 5:49PM
W>C>Gull indeed !!!!
Phantom7 12 29 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 6:51PM
I used to have a pet Tarantulla when i was in the forces in Belize in 89.Fascinating creatures.

I wonder if they get them in Corfu as well.Because my friends wife would run a mile screaming something in Greek.

This is a cracking shot Carol and you should send it up to a magazine.

bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 7:36PM
yuk but superb close ups, well captured
derekv 10 3 England
2 Sep 2008 10:48PM
Wonderful shots, Carol, how on earth do you manage to entice them ?
goso 11 2 1 Australia
2 Sep 2008 11:38PM
Fantastic detail Carol........Bill
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
3 Sep 2008 12:24AM
These photos of this spider are awesome, and along with a very touching commentary, makes for some great viewing.
Thank you for saving her! I regularly carry wee spiders out of the house and into "freedom" - this one is so pretty.
ChazB 12 64 3 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2008 1:33AM
Superb detail and it's a lovely story which made me think of her as being quite sweet, though I'm not sure I like the look of those hairy legs!
JudeC 11 6 3 England
3 Sep 2008 6:56AM
What an amazing set of images - a beautiful creature - Jude.
lammie 13
3 Sep 2008 9:02AM
Good set of close up shots.
3 Sep 2008 9:59AM
Great set of images, lovely detail and colours, you are brave.
piccy 12 8 Wales
3 Sep 2008 10:31AM
Quite a bundle she has there, silly spider, lol.
IFIMAGE 10 143 Wales
3 Sep 2008 12:00PM
Makes me itch! great set
malarszk 12 25 1 Scotland
3 Sep 2008 1:47PM
My my, Mother..what big eyes you have....All the better to....! excellent image of the You're welcome to it! variety
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2008 4:50PM
Wish I had another award to give !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
marecki 10 Poland
3 Sep 2008 6:19PM
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2008 7:32PM
An excellent set of shots.
GlenD 11 United States
3 Sep 2008 9:30PM
Great captures, like how she's cradling the babies.
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
3 Sep 2008 10:24PM
Five quite superb images. Great work.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
4 Sep 2008 1:30AM
Excellent shots.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
4 Sep 2008 2:42AM
How brilliant is this set,,thanks for uploading her lady ship for us.
The detail and colours are spot on too,
Any one of these could stand on their own.
This type of spider always makes me think that they have somthing stuck in their mouth !!!!
4 Sep 2008 10:27PM
What a very well taken set of images,beautifully done,well done too for your kind hearted help,she's a lucky girl,David
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2008 4:54PM
Gosh, Carol, think how many lives you saved. The detail in these images is superb.
KangaGal 9 66 Australia
6 Sep 2008 9:00AM
Wow, fantastic series here Carol. This spider has such a cute face - I bet if you were to go for a super close crop on just the face, no-one would ever guess this is a spider. Fantastic work.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Sep 2008 10:59PM
A brilliant set of macro shots, the detail and clarity are wonderful
Costy 10 483 6 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2008 8:55AM
Great series of images... and fantastic write up to go with it Smile

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