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big and beautiful!

By CarolG  
I was walking round the garden yesterday and saw a very large empty spider's web amongst the conifer hedge. I waited patiently and in a while the owner appeared, this rather large and hairy spider! He was too large for me to handle, so I managed to coax him onto the conifer, where I could get a few shots. He kept trying to come onto my hand, which I was not having, just too large for me!

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
22 May 2009 5:50AM
Carol that is some spider.I honestly don't know how you can go near these things.Fabulous photography.
Tom.

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22 May 2009 6:05AM
4 awesome macros. The detail is incredible. He makes me shiver. Just excellent....V1 is my favorite.....Sandy
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 6:31AM
Four stunning images wonderful detail superb colours beautifully presented
Alexa
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
22 May 2009 6:39AM
You really do need to stop frightening folk first thing each morning!! Wonderful images, all beautifully presented as usual.
22 May 2009 6:53AM
Great micro set Carol.
VIKI 10 18 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 6:54AM
Wow what details!!!!!!
greatdog 8 21 England
22 May 2009 7:00AM
Great close ups Carol,i will have nightmares tonight!!Dane.
Zonda 7 303 1
22 May 2009 7:01AM
That's amazing....I've got an Olympus 210 as well. These little compacts have amazing macro capabilities. Well done Carol.
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 7:07AM
Well taken images revealing every bit of detail. looks scary!
have a nice day Carol.
Yung
Cor 7 Belgium
22 May 2009 7:14AM
Top.
Cor.
madbilly 7 1 4 England
22 May 2009 7:18AM
top notch close ups again Carul, well done
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
22 May 2009 7:23AM
love the comp in v1, big, defo, beautiful not, but a cracking macro.lesley
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
22 May 2009 7:28AM
Awesome in more ways than one. Very well done Carol.

Albert
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 7:32AM
Amazing shots. His hairs look like spikes!!!
Helen
mrswoolybill Plus
9 965 1492 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 7:47AM
Terrifying, all of them. Please excuse me, but I AM NOT VIEWING THESE LARGE!!!
Moira
22 May 2009 7:50AM
4 Amazing macro images.
Dave
DolphinLady 10 54 1 Wales
22 May 2009 7:50AM
Now that is one hairy brute Carol.
I don't mind spiders but there is a limit & I think this would be it...yuk!
Wonderful detail though.
Hilary
goso 10 2 1 Australia
22 May 2009 7:59AM
Great macro's of the beady eyed little bugger Carol.......Bill
22 May 2009 8:01AM
Are you trying to stop us all from coming to Crete!!!!
Fabulous but scary shots well worth your patience.
Annette
Ray42 8 3 England
22 May 2009 8:05AM
You do find them!!! Good set of macros
22 May 2009 8:06AM
WOW< so well detailed.
Scott
MandsH 9 England
22 May 2009 8:20AM
Wow superb shots, I'd be worried if I found him in my garden
Mandy
sable 8 9 7 England
22 May 2009 8:30AM
Wow Carol four very interesting shots - the detail is incredible - good colour - well presented - Elizabeth
Great shots Carol, you are so brave, they really scare me lol.
Lorraine
old timer 12 55 1 Scotland
22 May 2009 8:49AM
That gives me the heebie-jeebies! I'm arachnophobic.
Jim
He is big and beautiful as you say, a lovely looking spider and such lovely detail.
22 May 2009 8:52AM
superb work
22 May 2009 8:58AM
Great close ups Carol

Jon
22 May 2009 9:21AM
Wow a brilliant set again,now thats close creeeeeeeeeeepy !!!

Jean x
22 May 2009 9:49AM
Nice series of quality images
Chris
glyndwr 9 66 9 Wales
22 May 2009 9:53AM
Great detail Carol.

Robert
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 10:00AM
I wanted to go large on these but was oh toooo scared... my teeth are chattering in fear..... ;(

shortlisted, this set is amazing

Linda Wink
User_Removed 9 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 10:25AM
Surely you mean he kept trying to eat your hand ? Wink

Truly shocking stuff if you're an arachnaphobe Grin
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 11:42AM
Your patience was well rewarded with this excellent close-up, Carol. Well done.
Terry
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
22 May 2009 12:02PM
Definitely wouldn't want to get too chummy with her! Great shots.
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 12:11PM
A really amazing creature expertly photographed.

Phil.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
22 May 2009 12:54PM
Well done-- the spider master!

Jennnn
22 May 2009 1:03PM
Superb and frightening images, fantastic detail. Gary
Absolutely stunning set of macro's. Superb pin sharp, fine detail and lovely colours.
Steve.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
22 May 2009 3:17PM
What stunning macro work Carol, four excellent images.
Bob
SandraKay Plus
9 233 4 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 3:54PM
Such a handsome creature!! Viewed large it feels like it's leaping off the computer screen. Very well taken.
Sandra
22 May 2009 4:05PM
Brilliant photos Carol....
22 May 2009 5:22PM
Sorry can't look properly as do not like spiders, but take it they are all excellent images.
Jan
sunshot 11 24 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 5:26PM
i'm amazed by the DETAIL; in all of these shots carol, it's quite stunning......very nicely captured indeed


marc
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
22 May 2009 5:51PM
Ho...lee...SMOKES.

Carol, these are incredible. Especially 1 and 3. Flippin 'eck...so close and so much detail!!

I...I...speechless...
MRSbiscuit60 8 224 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 6:31PM
ERRRRRR!!! Ugly looking devil, but well captured Carol. Trish
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 7:21PM
Ooooeeer and yuk I dont like spiders of any sort but these are great shots
Ayelet_A 8 11 3 Israel
22 May 2009 7:23PM
V2 and V4 are particularly gruesome - me like! Grin
Excellent work Carol on these top shots.

Ayelet
nickyv32 9 135 England
22 May 2009 7:36PM
OMG I dont feel too well now, but these are super shots of a humungous spider

Nicky
microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 7:59PM
Excellent macro shots Carol with amazing detail, He would have to jump a helluva log way to get on my hand Smile
Alan
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 8:58PM
Superb Carol, excellent macro work
Steve
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
22 May 2009 9:16PM
TOP SHOTS Carol - terrific set of spider captures. Fantastic detail, textures and tones in all. Has to be V1 for me - just love those beautiful lime green background colours too.
Sylvia
patman 10 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 9:19PM
absolutely stunning shots ..patman
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
22 May 2009 9:24PM
Pure magic Carol

Stace
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 9:40PM
Excellent set of close ups Carol,the detail and clarity are fantastic,well captured.................

Tony.
cameragirl 12 43 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 10:43PM
All fab images there Carol! Great detail and compositions!
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 10:45PM
Inspite of your bravery and cracking detail - this is a OH NO not for me thank you - too close for comfort - Ina
gerrymac 9 10 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 11:15PM
Size matters then Carol......brilliant captures....v3 if i have to choose..but all superb
Gerry
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
22 May 2009 11:18PM
Stunning detail in this set Carol, I'm very very tempted to get one of these cameras for close ups, is this a macro setting built into the menue
Geoff.
EmmaG_M 8 136 4 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 11:37PM
Your braver than I! I'm afraid I would of run off like the big wus I am! Stunning shots, fab detail. Well done you!
fishing 8 2
23 May 2009 5:17AM

Quote:Four stunning images wonderful detail superb colours beautifully presented
Alexa



Yes

Regards

Sue
MickyMc 8 8 United Kingdom
23 May 2009 3:53PM
Sounds like a friendly chap.....she says through half closed eye lids.
Mavis
23 May 2009 9:08PM
Amazing detail! gill
exposure 12 3.7k England
23 May 2009 9:30PM
Brilliant Macro detail Carol a lovely set of Imafges.
Pauline.
Morpyre Plus
11 1.6k 8 Wales
25 May 2009 11:27AM
i just shivered and im in a different country - the spiders here in UK make me scream and mince about like a little girl so i wouldn't be good with a spider i could fall over Grin

they really are beautiful though and you have captured the detail wonderfully here. i can imagine the spider was more than happy to pose for some shots because i wouldn't be surprised if they are atleast partly vane Grin

peter "morpyre" turner
Misteree 9 2 Australia
25 May 2009 12:55PM
WOW! What a fabulous macro!!! An arachnaphobic's nightmare!!
26 May 2009 7:21AM
There is beauty in every creature - but how ever, these are not my favourites. Great close ups once more, but I agree with Moira:

Quote:Terrifying, all of them. Please excuse me, but I AM NOT VIEWING THESE LARGE!!!


Johanna
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
30 May 2009 7:53PM
Amazing detail in these awesome close up shots, I bet the arachnophobes have dived behind their sofas in terror after viewing these in large!

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