Life's Little Moments

By dbifulco

My Spark Spider

Birders often talk about their "spark bird", the one that first sparked their interest in birds.  For me, it would be the hummingbird.  

I've never actually heard of a "spark" spider, but if there is such a thing, mine would surely be the tiny Bold Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax).  The first time I actually got to see the face of a jumper through a macro lens, I was fascinated and - dare I say - even a little smitten.  It's those big button eyes.  This one is, I believe, a female and she's living on the inside of our garage door.  She's been there quite a while so apparently the hunting is good.  

I took this with my 105, one handed because I was using the other hand to hold a curtain on the door out of the way. The spider was on the glass pane of the door, trying to evade me.  Pretty awkward and I'm surprised I got any decent shots at all, frankly.  But two shots were acceptable and I stacked them to get better focus.  

Still got the darned cold, although I think I may have reached the crest.  It felt good to be outside in the sun for a while today even if I didn't have much energy.  Happily, I'm the only one in our house who has it.  Unhappily, my nephew, wife and grand-nephew all have it.  

Off to take a nap now.  I'll check in later.  

And apologies to the arachnaphobes out there.  


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