This female garden spider is absolutely spectacular (at least I think so). She is big, bright, and just prior to taking this picture there was a male garden spider a few inches away. To get this capture my lens was about one inch from her body. I had to be careful; on previous attempts if a garden spider feelt threatened she will either drop out of the web and ride a single thread of silk down into the grass to hide, or she will pump her eight legs and make the web “bounce” – in which the web will move like a vertical trampoline and she will bounce off the camera lens freaking out the photographer.
8-8-2008, 5:56 p.m.
focal length: 55mm