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Every time I post spiders I lose fans

I get it. You don’t even have to have full blown arachnophobia to be scared of spiders. I cannot count how many times I have come across one by surprise and screamed. In the garden. In the house. Oh those wolf spiders, oh dear Lord I have a hatred of them. Just last week I was, you know, in the bathroom, pants down around my ankles cruising Facebook minding my own business. I look down and there is a giant half dollar sized wolf spider about a half inch from my foot. I screamed. I mean like “help I’m being attacked or raped or eaten by a bear” screamed. He ran. I ran.¬†Pants down and all through the living room past my laughing family to another bathroom.

So. yeah, I get it.

But, they are also something we don’t really look at in a macro fashion. Coming across one on accident and coming across one to shoot with a macro lens, it’s a little different.

And yeah, a little creepy, but… sometimes a little cute? No, probably not.

But, every single time I post a spider photo, I lose fans. Usually a handful.

And sure, I could stop shooting them, or posting them. OR, I could try and weed out a bunch at once.

I love having fans. I love being able to mingle with the community, having love and support, and interaction. But I also want people to want to be here. To want to get to know me and my family. To want to read what I have to say. And yeah, maybe I am not for the faint of heart.

So, alas, I bring you the BYE FELICIA post of spiders. Hope to see you on the other side.


I had 66 photos to choose from. I chose 10. I would have chosen 11, but blog stomp didn’t like the odd number and I figured everyone would appreciate them in a small sized collage vs full size!

Glad you’re still here, hope we can stay friends. Now go cleanse your eyeballs with bleach to remove this unhappy memory. ha! XOXO

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  • October 29, 2015 - 12:39 pm

    Stephanie - I hate spiders, but I find these photos absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • October 29, 2015 - 12:54 pm

      admin - lol. Thank you so much. I am sure I look ridiculous when I shoot because I prepare myself that they could jump on my face at any moment, so it’s like, shoot, back up and eyeball him and see what his thoughts are.ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2015 - 2:45 pm

    Penelope - love your macro shots. I can’t ever seem to get spiders to sit still long enough for their close up. In fact, I would love to take more macro but find it hard so I admire your skills!
    Do you have particularly sedate spiders in your part of the world or are you a Spider Whisperer?ReplyCancel

    • October 29, 2015 - 8:05 pm

      admin - Haha!! Sadly no, not sedate. What I do is take the safety shot and move in very slowly. Often what i do is pull the camera from my face and closer to the spider and just keep it so that I can keep the spider in the eye piece and continue getting closer and depressing back button focus. The camera getting closer seems to scare them less than my body moving closer, and it’s a win win because then I don’t have to worry as much about the spider jumping on my face.ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2015 - 7:53 am

    Katie - they don’t seem so scary when you have a good piece of glass and a great big camera body between the two of you. ; )ReplyCancel

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