Wildlife Photography | The Webs Weaved

So there I was, photographing the random flying insects that were visiting the golden rod in my field. I’ll be honest. I was getting kind of bored by it. Flies, honey bees, bumble bees. There are only so many different ways you can photograph them.

Then all of the sudden, in my periphery, I see some wild movement. I couldn’t even make out what it was, other than a flash of white thrashing.

Here’s the view from back where I was standing.

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Yeah I didn’t take that photo because I thought it was a great picture…I took it because that’s how this lazy wicked smart girl wanted to determine what was over there instead of walking through the thick grasses (just zoom in on the camera!).

All that movement was an orb weaver spider catching a bumble bee. The flash of white, wild movement I saw was her rapidly wrapping her new meal in silk. So I braved the grasses to move in for a closer shot. I’m sure seven of her gnarliest friends and relatives were hanging out amongst the grasses as well, just tried not to think about it too much. Hey, if Nat Geo is ever going to hire me, they have to know the lengths I will go to for a shot 😉 I may like invertebrates and all, but spiders, cockroaches, bedbugs are kind of in the frenemy category. Ok, more enemy than friend. Isn’t it kind of like seeing thrashing in the water and jumping in to get the photo of the great white knowing there are sharks around? Yeah, it’s like that 🙂

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Check out those spinnerets still pumping out silk! Come on, you can’t tell me that isn’t cool, even if you don’t like spiders.

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So just when you get bored of photographing bumble bees, an orb weaver comes along and makes it interesting.

 

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