ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Thursday, 25 June 2015

I TRY FOR WEEKS. (25/06/15)

It’s damp and misty weather. Yesterday I managed to catch a Wolf Spider, I have been trying to find them for weeks and get a photograph. Yesterday I managed to scoop one up and get it back to the van. I popped it on a rock surrounded by water but it kept leaping in for a swim. I gave up before she drowned herself.

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Here she is dry and then I rescued her from the plate full of water and whilst she was cleaning herself off downloaded this image. I noticed………………

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Something unusual.

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She is carrying a dozen or more baby spiders or as this bugger calls them spiderlets. I felt sorry for the poor wet things so popped her back with the rest of the pack. Wet spiders don’t make for very good pictures. I’ll try and think of another way of containing one without causing too much grief. I try for weeks to get a picture of a Wolf Spider then get lots at once. Such is life.

Those that saw yesterdays post will have seen the following images as thumbnails in the screen grab of Bridge.

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I can’t identify this fly. It’s not very big as it’s sitting on a grass stalk.

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A Yellow Dung Fly peeping at you.

That’s all for today.

24 comments:

  1. A wolf colony.

    Cracking shots of the Wolf Spider and the babies.

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    1. Keith, they are like buses. I wait for ages then dozens come along at once.

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  2. Right time at right place. Brilliant macros Adrian, congratulations!

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    1. Kovacs, it was a bit cooler yesterday. Slowed them down a bit.

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  3. I seem to be turning into a spider groupie. I don't think a wet spider looks to bad to be honest. It's amazing to see all the young on the back of the adult.
    I wondering if perhaps using an old but big tupperware box to place the spider in, remove one side of the container for the camera, perhaps? Glad you got the mini digger off the trailer without incident.

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    1. Douglas, I suspect the answer is a small aquarium and shoot through the glass. I can' believe how fast they are.
      The little JCB came off fine but I hope I don't have to put it back on without the keys.

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  4. The black background works really well on these. Great work!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Thanks Mersad. The file size is about twice what I would have liked but it looked awful with less than 32 colours.

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  5. This I have never seen a wolf spider with so many small spinning on his (or her) back.

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    1. Bas, there are other spiders that carry their babies on their backs but Wolf Spider are the easiest to find. They do move very fast though.

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  6. Madre míaaaaa....estos bichos cualquier día se salen por la pantalla y tengo que salir corriendo ;))
    Las letras de la portada te han quedado muy bien !!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, yo le pedirá que se queden en la pantalla. Estos no muerden, pero es sólo un poco de picazón.

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  7. Amazing shots, Adrian....

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    1. Bill, I'm sure they could be better but the spider is very delicate so I can't pick her up I have to guide her with my finger and a cotton bud. They move so quickly.

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  8. Gosh, Adrian, I'm trying to muster up some sympathy for the wolf spider and her babies, but there are just some things I can't force myself to like. That being said, your photography skills here are really fabulous!

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    1. Karen, I find them fascinating. I can never see till I have them on the monitor exactly what I have got. The prismatic focus screen is a big help. Live view I cannot get on with.

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  9. Now your wolf spider is absolutely amazing. I'll bet you didn't expect to see little spiders riding on her back. we'd only see this with some great photography.

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    1. Red, I could see her back was a bit lumpy but was amazed to see her carrying her offspring around.

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  10. I may not like the subject, but I sure as hell do like the photos. Do I have your permission to copy the first and third images, please? Would like to share them with my little grandson who is obsessed with spiders and bugs.

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    1. Pauline of course you can. I am trying to think of a way of getting clearer pictures.

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  11. You take amazing macro shots! I'm not a huge fan of spiders, but your photos are really great.

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    1. Thanks Linda. These are nice spiders in Scotland.

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