Don’t merely try to run from your fears; they are not separate from what you are.
[This spider (full of stereoscopic eyes that see all around it) is a Fishing Spider (resting along a river bank). This is one of my favorites. I think they are incredible! If you dislike them or are afraid of them, please (like the late, wonderful naturalist Steve Irwin used to suggest) look at them and be appreciative of them without “learned hatred” and try to see them without prejudice. They don’t make webbing (except for a silken nursery to protect their young). They actively hunt (and roam) along the river for small creatures to eat. They are lightning fast! I also photographed a super big one carrying its huge egg sac up our gazebo near the river. The size of that one was rather shocking! I’ll post photos of that mama later on some time.]
Enough eyes to see all around it! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
Fast as lightning! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped.
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I think this is the same spider I shot a few weeks ago sitting on a rock along a creek bank. He was huge as far as spiders go. Great shots and love the info!
Yes, they hang around creeks and rivers and can get very big. This one had a lot of fellow Fishing Spiders around with it… and was not very big at all… just around 3 1/2 centimeters. The one crawling up the gazebo along the river (which i’ll post at a later date) was probably more around 8 centimeters or more long. I don’t startle easy from any crawling 8 or 6 legged creatures… but, in the dark, that monster startled me; my head was very close to the gazebo post! 🙂
Nice shots, Thomas, and good detail.
Thanks, Mike! This one even seems to have eyes way in the back facing the abdomen. Nothing is going to sneak up – unawares – upon this guy! 🙂 (In grade school, I had teachers that seemed to have eyes in the back of their heads!)
A sixth sense, Thomas, gained from long hours dealing with young minds, hard won classroom experience, and a smidgin of child psychology – don’t you agree?