WARNING!!!! If you are not fond of spiders, this is not a post for you.
Truth be known I am not fond of spiders but I do have a fascination of "seeing" them close up. There is something about their look and texture that one can not really see unless using a macro lens or some form of a "microscopic" or "magnifying" tool. My 105 macro lens plus an extension gives me the ability to "see".
This gal, yes it is a gal because according to Wikipedia "the female grows up to 18 mm, with a 30 mm legspan while the males are smaller (10 mm), and have longer legs in relation to their body size " was saved by me from drowning.
OK let me clarify.....this gal was 95% dead when she was pulled out of the pool, but since she was still moving her limbs, I figured I was not responsible for her death but rather responsible for saving her.
Because she was teeter tottering between life and death, she was a perfect candidate for a macro shoot.
By the way if you are wondering....."they are venomous, but are not considered dangerous. They are timid and bites from them are infrequent. The bite may be excruciatingly painful and cause local swelling. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sweating and giddiness are occasionally recorded."(source)