True love goes beyond the affinity due to attractiveness. Love the less beautiful (that are also truly beautiful).
[This is a Phidippus Jumping Spider. It’s difficult to sneak up on a Jumping Spider; their multiple eyes easily detect others in their environment. They are harmless to human beings. I have some Jumping Spiders in 50 million year old amber which I will post at a later time.
Additional note: I will be posting more spiders (and similar creatures) in the Halloween month of October. It is neat that they are part of an old Halloween tradition (that is fun for kids). However, it is unfortunate that many children grow up associating spiders with “being frightened” and as “terrible creatures to be horrified of.” As the late, superb naturalist, Steve Irwin often propounded, spiders and snakes can indeed be seen to be majestic, marvelous animals, truly beautiful in their own ways. We must, as Steve Irwin so graciously suggested before his untimely passing, be far better caretakers of Mother Earth.]
Tightrope climber! (Jumping Spider) (1) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
Tightrope climber! (Jumping Spider) (2) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
The fire of felicity, intense happiness, radiates from within.
[This Jumping Spider is, specifically, a Daring Jumping Spider. The chelicerae (the part containing the fangs) are a flamboyant metallic green and this is an excellent way to identify this particular jumping spider. These spiders like sunshine and do their hunting during the day. They jump from leaf to leaf with great dexterity and accurately (because of all those splendid stereoscopic eyes) leap on their prey and often eat other spiders as well as insects. They are totally harmless to human beings… and are beneficial, as they eat harmful insect pests. To me, they seem intelligent (considering their size) and rather cute!]
A handsome jumper. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
Insight is correct action to help life.
[An elusive jumping spider. She jumped from one leaf to another plenty of times and was difficult to photograph. All those eyes signaled me out too easily! I finally got a shot and left her be!]
Enough eyes to see everywhere! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014