Nature's Place

Spider Me Blue

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Or what colour suits you, catch one or two … It’s not so difficult, ladies and gentlemen, elegant too. They sit in their web and nothing disturbs them except by accident, the spider’s boon.

Watching one floating in the sunshine as the breeze caused it to breathe, in and out, into it flew a fly, of some sort. Straight onto it she was, from a standing start in the cold air to the centre of the web and something to eat – gone.

Fingers on every thread that matters, she knows her way, her home. She knows her stuff, her job, and don’t go falling into her tricksy web or walk into her on a flower or you’ll never get out. She is made for catching things, gripped in her thorny embrace, bit by long fangs a-dripping.

Paralysed, liquefied and drank all in. Nothing but a husk to show where you’d been. That’s her way, to waste not of the bounty that fills her, makes her grow and mate to fill her need for little ones – instinctively you could say, intelligently nevertheless. That’s our nature, my nature, like it or not, come what may.

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  1. Replicant Core said, on 17/08/2013 at 4:59 am


  2. Alex Jones said, on 09/08/2013 at 7:26 am

    Nature wastes little. Stunning spider photos.

  3. Mia Simó said, on 06/08/2013 at 1:02 am

    This is awesome! What camera and lens did you use?

  4. futuredoll said, on 05/08/2013 at 9:49 pm

    Forwarded these awesome pictures to my arachnid loving husband-he loved them!

  5. trijntje51 said, on 05/08/2013 at 8:28 pm

    Wonderfull macro’s Mark

  6. standingoutinmyfield said, on 05/08/2013 at 8:17 am

    Poetry, that :)

  7. smallpebbles said, on 05/08/2013 at 3:50 am

    We have lots of spiders for you in this neck of the woods – webs everywhere, it seems daily am escorting them outside. So glad to see the close-ups, here just see them walking on the floor out of the corner of my eye and have my box and cardboard ready for re-location. Always love those macro shots. thanks!

  8. Charly Makray-Rice said, on 04/08/2013 at 11:43 pm

    Unique and spectacular – you really aren’t two and half feet tall and able to climb trees and scoot under brush to get these shots?

    • Mark said, on 05/08/2013 at 5:54 am

      Thanks Charly. No, not so small, but I do have to get down with them and play invisible when I can.

  9. paranoiasnfm said, on 04/08/2013 at 10:07 pm


  10. Emily Heath said, on 04/08/2013 at 7:57 pm

    I’m usually a spider-phobe but I enjoyed the fascinating shapes and faces of these spiders, thank you.

    • Mark said, on 05/08/2013 at 5:51 am

      Thanks Emily. Yes, they are a wonder, and that they can be seen so clearly with our 21st century technology …

  11. Godfried said, on 04/08/2013 at 7:10 pm

    I don`t know what to say. Amazing pictures the last one is a beauty.

  12. Nikki said, on 04/08/2013 at 6:46 pm

    Gorgeous spiders and wonderful photos of them, thank you! Pity that last spidey is missing a limb. :(

    • Mark said, on 05/08/2013 at 5:45 am

      Thanks Nikki. 9 out of 10 is ok? :) No, I would prefer to have had the time to pull back enough, and the conditions to see by, but nothing sits still for too long in nature except the dead.

  13. gretelau2001 said, on 04/08/2013 at 6:29 pm

    Very poetic :D
    Just glad we can admire them as miniatures not human sized.

    • Mark said, on 05/08/2013 at 5:44 am

      Ha! And I wasn’t even trying … :)

      These ones are entirely harmless to us, not so others.

  14. Audrey said, on 04/08/2013 at 4:30 pm

    What can I say other than “thank you”! So appreciate you sharing your gift, and subjects.

    • Mark said, on 04/08/2013 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks Audrey. It’s easy when there is pleasure in it …

  15. Alex Khoo said, on 04/08/2013 at 2:54 pm

    Excellent captures! Mind to tell me your equipment setup for these shots? bellows?

    • Mark said, on 04/08/2013 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks Alex. Have a look here : It’s more or less complete regarding the principles involved. The gear is what you use or are used to, there’s a few pix of my setup. You will also find useful links in the comments.

  16. Jo said, on 04/08/2013 at 2:29 pm

    Another wonderful visual feast.

  17. That Girl With Border Collies said, on 04/08/2013 at 1:25 pm

    These pictures are amazing!

    • Mark said, on 04/08/2013 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks Adri. That’s our nature, amazing …

  18. suebokeh said, on 04/08/2013 at 1:03 pm

    Love your pictures.

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