Day 233 X Marks the Spot

Day 233 X Marks the Spot by pixygiggles
Day 233 X Marks the Spot, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

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I got around to doing my daily photo much later than anticipated today, so I ended up having to settle with this blurry shot of a crab spider I found in my yard earlier. I wish it had been clearer. This was a very pretty spider.

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Day 205 Freshly Molted Spider

My daily photo for July 23, 2012 is late… again. I could have had the photo posted, but I wanted to wait until I had the video I put together for this post secured online before posting the picture. I have a few choice words for video editing and uploading large files like that to YouTube. None of them are polite, so I’ll refrain. The sentiment is “grrr” to the power of infinity.

Anyway… this spider lives on my front porch. He has been there since spring, and I’ve watched him grow up from a tiny little thing. He’s now at least 3 times the size he was when I first noticed him. It’s become a habit to look for him whenever I go outside because he builds his web in the same place every night. Last night, I watched in amazement as he molted. At first, I thought something was wrong with him; but when I realized that he was molting, I couldn’t stop watching. I have to say that this was pretty special to watch and very fascinating! Enjoy the video and share your reactions! 😉

Day 174 Anti-Gravity

Day 173 Anti-Gravity by pixygiggles
Day 174 Anti-Gravity, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

Well… maybe not quite anti-gravity, but the photo kind of made the spider look like it’s dangling in mid-air. I hunted all day for a good idea to photograph for the scavenger hunt. This was the best of the photos I managed to capture. Nothing else quite looked the way I wanted.

I just glanced outside and noticed the waxing crescent moon rising. It looks so pretty tonight that I may go out later and try another one for the scavenger hunt, “Framed Moon.” I’ll see what I come up with. 😉 Until later, thanks for visiting!

Update: Oops, I was way off. The moon was setting, not rising. I should have realized that earlier when I saw it in the west sky. Thoroughly chastising myself, now, with thoughts like: “Duh, the moon sets in the west like the sun.”

Day 169 Knee’d to Say Hello

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Sitting outside enjoying the mild weather today, this little guy showed up on my knee. He was so handsome that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo. I’m not sure if he was curious of the camera or actually posing for the shot. Probably, just curious because he jumped onto the camera right after I took his picture. Baffled by where he went, I turned the camera around and he jumped back on my knee. I finally got him onto the table where he disappeared into some cosmic anomaly. I would have loved to get more photos of this one; but man, they’re fast!

I hope all of the fathers out there have had a wonderful Father’s Day!

Day 152 Crab Spider (Thomisidae)

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I was planning on just photographing the little, knobby apples on the apple tree today. I was thrilled to come across this pretty, almost transparent spider. As always, I’m not 100% certain on the ID; but given the side-stepping nature it exhibited, my best guess is that it is one of the 130 species of crab spiders from the Thomisidae family in our region.

Day 135 Huge Furry Spider

Day 135 Huge Furry Spider by pixygiggles
Day 135 Huge Furry Spider, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

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David and I found this spider curled up, dead in front of our sofa late last night. This is the third or fourth spider like this we’ve found dead over the last 2 years that we’ve lived here. My best guess is that they are some type of wolf spider, but I’m not certain. This one had only recently died because the body was still pliable which allowed me to carefully spread the legs back out.

In an attempt to get a better photograph of the eyes which are an important identifying characteristic, I photographed her through my LumiLoupe in order to magnify them. I thought this was the most visually interesting photo I took today, so I chose it for my daily photo.

Her body size alone is about 2mm.