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.