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  • ChrisW, in reply to Bruce Buckman,

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    Well I do love a good spider.

    So do I! This handsome beast is a common or Garden orbweb spider, with a well-trussed cicada as a splendid capture.
    My Capture with straightforward macro setting on my 2006 'bridge' camera, hand-held, good for 2 cm but no Getting Closer.

    I think the spider thought the evil-eyed monster in its face was something of a threat, so moved across its prize capture protectively and glared back - "it's mine, all mine!"
    And what lovely legs it's got!

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Ground level web and dew

    Forgot to say I really loved the pictures of the midges holding the drop of water. Magic.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman, in reply to ChrisW,

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    Ooooh is this the same kind of spider? I think this one has a moth wrapped up in there.

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  • JacksonP,

    Jeepers you guys, They're very good, but bloody terrifying. They look like Shelob at that magnification.

    Nice work. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    I once had a grey house spider on my windowsill for months. I called him Fang until she had babies at which point I called her Fang. My wife was not too pleased that I insisted Fang didn't get broomed away but she let me keep her in place for a few months before I collected her up and moved her outside.

    One day as I was trying to get a good macro of her, she obviously decided I needed to keep my distance so she lunged at the camera.

    Thing is, when you are looking at a grey house spider through macro, she really is like Shelob. I got such a fright feel over backwards and uttered some bad words.

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  • Bruce Buckman,

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    Off the spider track, but still with insects, these are aphids being chowed down by ladybird grubs, the ugly ladybird phase before they turn into pretty little things.

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  • ChrisW, in reply to Bruce Buckman,

    Ooooh is this the same kind of spider?

    Yes, recognisable even with the highly variable colour-patterning. The second part of its binomial name Eriophora pustulosa identifies the key features - the five distinctive lumps on the back of its abdomen. Good info and photos of the variation here.

    And lovely detail in your photo - ' "You're living dangerously" said the spider to the flies.'

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    Make love not war?

    I generally manage to keep my lens cleaner than the windows ...

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to JacksonP,

    jebus

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Grevers,

    Before I gave away my film SLR, I had a 1970's Toshiba 70-220 lens that was true macro - It could focus at 12mm and zoom at 50mm from the lens - which made lighting a real challenge, as I couldn't afford a ring flash, especially not for a lens with such a big diameter front ring.
    I had picked it up cheap, probably because nobody could be bothered with such a heavy lens (it had its own tripod mount) in the age of compact zooms - it was probably $2000+ when new.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 143 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Close-ish

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Great photos. I have old ones that I just got up close to but what the hey….

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Like that wing thing shot! :)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Jos,

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    Love your work and advice which once finished building, will take up with enthusiasm.
    Wings fascinate me.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    Neighbours' bloody dog barking at the moon again this morning, with ambitions of Getting closer to Venus too.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    Which gave me the idea of following Venus in the daytime sky - much easier when the moon is nearby for a sky-mark.

    Clear skies widespread today - you could check it out in your lunch-time.Today the crescent moon is a little under two handspans ahead of the sun in its daily path across the sky. And there's Venus relative to the moon and my extended hand. Much easier with the naked eye than with a camera.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Cool ChrisW.

    Been going botanical again today.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    And I found a slater, all rolled up.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Yeah that's neat ChisW! Love the way the tree is like your hand. :)

    Nice and close Jac and Soph. Those slaters are amazing, I find myself looking at little things quite differently.

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    If you wanna get down
    Down on the ground...

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Air pollution + rain = ?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Last post before the kindy run...

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Jos,

    the tree is like your hand.

    Hah! I saw only the dog barking, complementing the live sound-track.
    But now you mention it ...

    And agreed on the slaters. I must try for them too, in respect of my ancestry, being descended from a long line of 19th century slaters.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Air pollution + rain = ?

    With emphasis on the '?' before enlargement - no idea of scale, looked like some strange structure of raw fibreglass. Yes, that's impressive!

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    I like the pop corn! ")

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

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