Charlotte's Web

in photography •  14 days ago

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    Charlotte in my front yard

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    While I was out hunting bees and taking pictures of dandelions a while ago, I came across one of the littlest spiders I have ever seen in my life. She must have been about 2 or 3 millimeters long and looked like a little black dot walking around on the top of the dandelion.

    I laid down in my front yard like a weirdo and started taking pictures as the spider was running all over the dandelion.


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    After a while I started to notice little strings of web glistening in the sun with tiny dots of pollen on them.


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    That was when the magic happened

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    The a small breeze started to blow and the spider ran towards the edge of the dandelion and stuck its butt up in the air.

    It was hard to get a keep her in focus with the breeze moving the dandelion and the fact that she was always moving. Factor in the extreme shallow depth of field where even a fraction of a millimeter can throw off the focus, was making this a real challenge, and I was having a blast. Ya, I am weird so what.


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    At first I didn't know why she was sticking her butt up in the air, but you can see from the picture above that she was releasing web and anchoring it to the petals of the dandelion. Then she stuck her butt up even further in the air as the breeze continued.


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    Then streams of web started to catch the breeze and fly across the yard. To the spider it must have seemed like about a few hundred foot stretch or so, but it was really about 4 inches that the web flew until it caught onto its target.


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    Once the web reached its target, she tested its strength, and when she was satisfied that is was secure, she scurried across to the other side.


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    When she got to the other side, she made sure that her web was secured.


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    She hurried across the surface of the dandelion, making sure that all of the pieces of the web were secured. Then after just spending a few moments on this new dandelion, she was ready to head back to the safety of the other dandelion where she wasn't so exposed.


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    Once back on the other side, she began making minor adjustments to her web and waiting for the next breeze. Once the breeze came, she stuck her butt up in the air again and the cycle continued.


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    Life lessons from the invisible

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    One of the coolest things about macro photography is being able to see the world at this scale. A spider that is 2 millimeters in size and its whole world seems to revolve around these two dandelions is a pretty crazy thought.


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    How much determination do you put into the things that you do? If you aren't putting everything you have into the projects you are taking the time to do, then why are you doing it?

    We could all learn something from the determination of this seemingly invisible and insignificant spider.


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    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and read this story. You are awesome.

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