Wednesday, September 10, 2008

spiders everywhere



these spiders and their webs are all over our yard. this one was taken with a flash, the only way a "professional" like me, can take this picture. so you really can't get a good look at the spider itself unless you go over here to loving long island's site. I have been trying to capture their webs for the last few weeks. somehow tonight I got lucky. it must have been the magic hour. the funny thing is, right before I snapped this photo, mr. spider just kicked out a leaf that had fallen into its web. you can see the big hole towards the bottom where the leaf kicking did some damage. it was pretty amazing to watch. we have another one taking up residence directly outside the entrance way to our house. since the people I live with don't like to kill bugs, (with the exception of mosquitoes and spiders inside the house) I suffered a small uprising when I was about to get rid of the web with the broom. consequently, my husband named him steve.

13 comments:

Bill said...

It is tough to get shots like this without artificial lighting. I thought of using a flashlight to help illuminate the spider in my picture, but I had no helpers around that night.

Kitty said...

lol. are you afraid of going in and getting a close up, or is Steve shy?

I think naming the creature is a great ploy. I've been tempted to name my pressure cooker for the same reasons.

bobbie said...

I love webs. I have found it easiest in the morning when the dew is still making them sparkle in sunlight.

I have one right now, from the rain gutters almost to the ground.

Barbara L said...

I think you should've named him Boris. :-P

I love webs, but spiders creep me out. We have one in our garden that I swear is the size of a crab!

Bibi said...

I really like this shot! Spooky!

Thanks so much for all your recent comments, during this difficult time for my family.

Anonymous said...

There was a huge one on our window last year, and us being terrified of spiders, named it Lucifer. -Twin #2

Lily Hydrangea said...

Bill, I thought mine was such a good shot and then when I went to your site to link to mine, I could see how great yours was! I'm going to try doing what Bobbie said about the morning dew technique.

Funny Kitty! I am afraid- now that you mention it. thankfully, since this post, Steve moved his web about a foot away from the door. I'd love to know what goes on with your pressure cooker.

Bobbie, it sounds like you have one huge web. I actually like them very much too. Thanks for the photo tip.

Hi Barbara, You have got one gigantic spider in your yard. I think you should call channel 12 and have them do a story on it.

Thanks for stopping by Bibi, I've been thinking about you everyday.

Twin #2 I had a feeling you would like this.

Ming the Merciless said...

HA! My nieces found a kitten in the backyard two weekends ago and decided to adopt it. My brother calls the kitten Kato Kaelin, the permanent house guest. ;-)

Morty said...

I always loved this time of year when the webs start showing themselves. I used to love throwing a tiny piece of leaf on to a web just to see the spider dart out of hiding to lunge at it. Shamefully, I still experience a bit of childish glee at doing so. It keeps me young.
By the way, our Toyota Corolla goes by the name Sherman!

Morty!

Paz said...

Wow! This is a really COOL photo!

Paz

Coca Cutie said...

Amazing catch!!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what kind of spider this is? I've noticed tons of these guys pop all over LI outdoors in the last few years. They're brownish-red, furry, subtle dark stripes on the legs, and grow to about the size of a quarter, and seem to prefer building webs on porches and decks, and open pathways. There are at least 5 in my yard, huge webs and all. I don't recall seeing this type of spider in the past, or at least such an extreme population of them. Just the last few years I've been seeing tons of them everywhere. Maybe they migrated here recently and thrived in our climate? Does anyone have any information?

MmeBenaut said...

Lucky Steve! Fabulous photo. There's nothing so beautiful as a spider's web with morning dew or raindrops on it.