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too hot to handle!

By CarolG  
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.

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

Voters: cjl47, madbob, kraziteach and 73 more

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cjl47 9 4 3 England
23 Aug 2008 6:47AM
You suffered for your art, very brave.
Crete just lost some of its attraction.
Stunning shot. Great capture.

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madbob 11 1 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 6:56AM
ace capture
23 Aug 2008 7:09AM
I think I would have left it there!

fabulous shot you brave lady!!!!
sunshot 12 24 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 7:16AM
WOW, your right about him camorflage Carol, his legs do look like the sticks, you've captured him perfectly
well done

23 Aug 2008 7:18AM
That is a superb shot,very well taken.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
23 Aug 2008 7:19AM
Excellent macro capture ~ pin-sharp detail. If I could I would give you an extra click for bravery Smile

ringyneck 10 315 18 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 7:33AM
Amazing pic.

Great comp and detail.

Hope you have small hands.

MRSbiscuit60 9 224 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 7:33AM
Very brave and great capture. Thanks for the bank holiday best wishes and I hope you have a good one too.Trish
goso 10 2 1 Australia
23 Aug 2008 7:58AM
If you didn't have arachnophobia before, you will now - great macro Carol........Bill
KarenFB Plus
10 4.8k 171 England
23 Aug 2008 8:12AM
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 12 386 2 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 8:22AM
I hate spiders, but, this is a stunning shot of a very BIG spider.
10 1.1k United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 8:36AM
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 Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 8:57AM
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 9 8 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 9:10AM
Wow. Well captured.

MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 9:16AM
Excellent shot an how brave you are too
danbrann Plus
12 636 17
23 Aug 2008 9:27AM
What a tremendous image from a very brave lady.
jdenman 8 18 5 Spain
23 Aug 2008 9:55AM
Amazing macro work.
glyndwr 9 66 10 Wales
23 Aug 2008 10:11AM
Bravo Carol.
Good image.

GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 10:32AM
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 8 2 2 England
23 Aug 2008 10:43AM
A cracking macro Carol, he looks like a monster, great stuff
23 Aug 2008 10:53AM
23 Aug 2008 11:14AM
Excellent shot. Personally, I don't think it needs the darker blue border
panda 12 5 1 England
23 Aug 2008 11:46AM
Hi Carol, brilliant shot, well done you !

Regards Phil
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
23 Aug 2008 12:25PM
Truly amazing shot! Even though they are ugly critters, they are fascinating in their habits and diversity.
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
23 Aug 2008 12:27PM
An outstanding close-up.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
23 Aug 2008 12:57PM
A spectacular capture-- what a huge spider!
mrsvee 8 1 England
23 Aug 2008 1:31PM
Super close-up of a huge spider.
Beautiful colours and great detail.
Well done.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
23 Aug 2008 3:14PM
What a fantastic capture Carol, so well done.
23 Aug 2008 3:44PM
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
23 Aug 2008 3:46PM
Brilliantly captured and a well done for the great show of bravery.
23 Aug 2008 4:55PM
Nice sharp shot if hand held!Well done,David
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 5:34PM
This is amazingly clear and superbly composed. Beautiful image Carol, so well done!
Dee73 8 England
23 Aug 2008 5:48PM
fantastic shot, super detail, well spotted.

casson 10 3 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 6:08PM
Great macro
Morpyre Plus
12 1.6k 8 Wales
23 Aug 2008 6:27PM
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 10 8 Wales
23 Aug 2008 6:38PM
i think you should have a click for bravery as well. Terrific shot.
23 Aug 2008 6:46PM
greatdog 9 21 England
23 Aug 2008 6:56PM
Wow!great shot of a scary looking spider!Dane.
23 Aug 2008 8:01PM
Very well captured it is too. Well executed shot
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 8:30PM
Very brave in my opinion!!
Lovely presentation Carol and the lines and angles makes a great shot
23 Aug 2008 9:42PM
excactly very brave suerb capture
derekv 9 3 England
23 Aug 2008 10:36PM
Great capture, Carol, you wouldn't get me within a mile of that one !
franfoto 9 2 32 England
23 Aug 2008 11:52PM
Incredible shot, such detail and very unusual.
23 Aug 2008 11:57PM
Who's a brave girl then.

Great capture.

24 Aug 2008 2:54AM
Eck! Great shot.
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2008 2:21PM
Amazingly sharp macro
MandsH 10 England
24 Aug 2008 7:27PM
Excellent Carol you were so very brave
hellsbells8868 8 151 2 Wales
24 Aug 2008 8:49PM
So very well done, i would have been running screaming.......Fab detail although i only had a quick glance lol....amazing...
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2008 9:04PM
Very brave - a very dramatic image.

24 Aug 2008 9:39PM
Rather you than me Carol...great capture!
25 Aug 2008 7:52AM
Wow ! What an amazing looking beast, great shot.

JohnH37 10 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2008 9:35AM
Amazing/unusual creature.Excellent.
25 Aug 2008 5:56PM
Too creepy for me.
pamelajean Plus
11 976 1879 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2008 7:33PM
Just amazing, how brave of you, but well worth it !
GlenD 10 United States
27 Aug 2008 5:34AM
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
KangaGal 8 66 Australia
28 Aug 2008 8:50AM
Happy to make it a deserved 70 Carol. Your bravery shines because this is as steady as a rock.
SandraKay Plus
9 233 4 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2008 2:21PM
Pity I can't go large on this one to make it extra scary. The spider stands out particualrly well against the blue sky.
avocet 10
7 Sep 2008 3:21PM
You have very steady hands!! Looks enormous!

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