Ghost Spider

White Crab Spider

Failing to find anything camera-worthy on a short walk with the lenses ready, one of my self-prescribed fall-back bits of advice is this: stop looking, start seeing.

Just stop. Stand in place a few minutes. Scan from your feet to straight up overhead. Turn a full 360 in the five minutes you stand where ever you are. You might see nothing that draws your eye. But your chances of finding a composition rise–especially for the small and inconspicuous–as you pay attention to the details (like this white crab spider I found in this way) missed when you move too quickly past small visions.

I’m not particularly happy with this shot, though it did present several challenges. This port-wine decorated crab spider was in the shadows of an overcast sky yesterday morning. The plant it perched on swayed in and out of focus in the gentle breeze and my hands weren’t all that steady. My subject measured no more than 5/8 inch across. And how do you get a decent exposure when the darn thing is WHITE!

Does it strike you as odd that a predator like this that depends on stealth and ambush should be so glaringly conspicuous? And what’s with the splotches of color? (No, I don’t have answers.)

Maybe I’ll go back this morning for another go before full sun crests the ridge. This time, I’ll carry the tripod and set it up with the shaft inserted at 90 degrees. I’ve never used the Canon Powershot A620 (Ann’s camera) on the tripod. I expect it to be frustrating. I expect I’ll learn something. I may have more pix to show you tomorrow.

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7 thoughts on “Ghost Spider”

  1. It was probably working on the plan that ‘conspicious white thing on end of green stalk – might be flower – better go check it out’

  2. Hello Sir. May I ask your permission to use your ghost spider photo for my facebook primary photo? Thanks very much.
    God bless…

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