Jumping spider hiding in dandelion, Lancaster, NH
Jumping spider hiding in dandelion, Lancaster, NH

This is the second time in a week that I’ve seen a spider hiding in or on a flower. Not being a fan of our eight-legged friends, I find myself a little offended and horrified. Poor bugs, dropping in on a flower for a rest, or a meal, and BAM! Imagine being on a road trip. You stop in at a Starbucks or a McD’s to take a load off, and instead of grabbing a bite, something jumps out of the men’s room and grabs you.

But I suppose the spiders are just doing the smart thing. Someone once asked Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, and he supposedly said, “That’s where the money is.” So, Mr. Spider, I guess I won’t bother to ask why you guys keep hanging out on the blossoms.

Incidentally, I read today that Sutton actually said:

Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I’d be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that’s all.

Go where the money is …and go there often.

IMG_1801Spider on, dude.


4 thoughts on “Slick Willie

    1. I’ve seen your site, and it looks like you’re into the macro and the bugs. Did I shoot this one correctly? What would have helped with the focusing issues? I should point out that it was windy and the dandelion was moving around like a mo fo.

      1. Imaging on windy days can be hit or miss. Sometimes you just have to spray and pray, or use a fast shutter speed (1/800 — 1/1000). As for shooting the subject correctly, sure, I think it’s fine — a little more depth wouldn’t hurt, but that’s not always possible.

        What kind of lens do you use?

  1. It’s an 18-250mm Sigma, f/3.5-6.3, using a Canon T5 Rebel. Other than that, I’ve got the kit lens (18-55mm). Rank beginner, here. Thinking an honest-to-God macro lens might be in order.

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