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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

Voters: greatdog, RuthyJ, VIKI and 92 more

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Comments


2 Sep 2008 6:41AM
Great series of close ups, well done.
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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.
A stunning set of shots Carol. The detail is amazing.
Ruth.
VIKI Plus
9 18 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 6:58AM
Excellent shots.
Excellant set of images. Love the beady little eyes.
cjl47 Plus
8 4 3 England
2 Sep 2008 7:12AM
Splendid detail, a great set of shots. Good narration to accompant it too.
chris
michaelo Plus
9 11 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 7:12AM
excellent detail, love the colours, keep-up the good work!
viscostatic 9 33 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.

Phil.
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,
Johanna
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
Nicky
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
2 Sep 2008 7:31AM
Great close ups

Peter
KarenFB Plus
9 4.6k 167 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

Jon
Rock Plus
13 10 2 England
2 Sep 2008 7:46AM
Amazing shots of this fasinating insect !

The capture of the eyes make the shots !

Rock
GalleryGirl 8 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
2 Sep 2008 8:01AM
Nice series - details is great
imander Plus
8 388 7 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 8:07AM
wow, stunning close ups, really very well taken set
ian
rontear Plus
12 8 7 England
2 Sep 2008 8:24AM
Excellent set of images, well done for saving her twice ! Carol. Ron.
Too close for comfort - cracking shots
mandy
sitan1 Plus
7 987 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
simon
Arty 12 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 8:39AM
Superb set of shots! The detail is just great.
Arty.
RachelMB Plus
9 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
Super set of images,
Fred.
2 Sep 2008 9:09AM
The photographs are all fabulous and such a lovely account to accompany them. Well done. Angi
2 Sep 2008 9:23AM
Wow, fabulous close ups, great detail, and oh so brave, i just couldnt do it lol...
sunshot Plus
11 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
marc
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
2 Sep 2008 10:30AM
Superb natural history shots Carol. Quality macro photography.

Albert
2 Sep 2008 10:52AM
wow excellent well worth the award
Dawn
Stace Plus
7 2 2 England
2 Sep 2008 11:39AM
Outstanding set of macro images Carol,
Stace
Very fine details,Thank you.
bayleaf 8 8 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 11:50AM
What an amazing set of shots Carol. Well done.

John.
exposure Plus
11 3.2k 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.
Pauline.
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 8 61 54 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).

Stuart
madbob 10 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 12:57PM
ace capture
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 10 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,
Chris.
Richsr Plus
8 90 219 England
2 Sep 2008 1:37PM
Like the details and tones in this - well rescued too.
Regards Richard.
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
2 Sep 2008 1:53PM
A incredible story with equally incredible images-- Well done all around!
Jennnnnn
2 Sep 2008 1:58PM
Fantastic close up and detail, what a lovely story that is a look of gratitude on her face!

susan
Bob_V Plus
8 1 2 United States
2 Sep 2008 2:10PM
These are marvelous Carol such great work.
Bob
glyndwr Plus
8 66 9 Wales
2 Sep 2008 2:13PM
Brilliant and Yukky.

Robert
a well deserved award for sure... these images are fantastic.. loved your write up as well
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 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
9 27 52 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,
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.
2 Sep 2008 3:43PM
Really interesting story and smashing shots.
mavis
2 Sep 2008 3:46PM
Super work Carol and so very interesting.
Cheers
Alan
jdenman Plus
7 16 5 Spain
2 Sep 2008 3:56PM
Very, very nice set of shots !
John
2 Sep 2008 4:14PM
excellant capture...
Akif
2 Sep 2008 5:13PM
Wow, great story, really interesting images.
2 Sep 2008 5:30PM
Big and scary... great capture

Dave
2 Sep 2008 5:49PM
W>C>Gull indeed !!!!
Cheers
Alan
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.

Jim
2 Sep 2008 7:36PM
yuk but superb close ups, well captured
bunSmile
2 Sep 2008 10:48PM
Wonderful shots, Carol, how on earth do you manage to entice them ?
Derek
goso Plus
9 2 1 Australia
2 Sep 2008 11:38PM
Fantastic detail Carol........Bill
AnneWorner Plus
8 620 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.
Anne
ChazB 10 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!
Charlotte
JudeC Plus
8 6 3 England
3 Sep 2008 6:56AM
What an amazing set of images - a beautiful creature - Jude.
3 Sep 2008 9:02AM
Good set of close up shots.
Don
3 Sep 2008 9:59AM
Great set of images, lovely detail and colours, you are brave.
Sylvia
3 Sep 2008 10:31AM
Quite a bundle she has there, silly spider, lol.
Freda
IFIMAGE Plus
7 143 Wales
3 Sep 2008 12:00PM
Makes me itch! great set
Ian...
malarszk Plus
9 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
roger
pamelajean Plus
10 949 1781 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2008 4:50PM
Wish I had another award to give !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Suuuperb.
Marek
3 Sep 2008 7:32PM
An excellent set of shots.
Jean
3 Sep 2008 9:30PM
Great captures, like how she's cradling the babies.
Glen
3 Sep 2008 10:24PM
Five quite superb images. Great work.
Andy
Brilane 9 5 12 Wales
4 Sep 2008 1:30AM
Excellent shots.
Brian
Ridgeway Plus
9 222 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 !!!!
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
8 233 4 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2008 4:54PM
Gosh, Carol, think how many lives you saved. The detail in these images is superb.
Sandra
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.
Jenny
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
7 Sep 2008 10:59PM
A brilliant set of macro shots, the detail and clarity are wonderful
Costy Plus
8 483 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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