Nature, red in tooth and claw

by Helen Hooker August. 23, 2017 1944 views

I had the opportunity to observe the wilder side of nature this morning. Some days ago I noticed this garden spider had spun a web above our lavender bushes. At the time it was just hanging around so I took a few photos, but never shared them here as I found an even better subject later in the day.

This morning, as I sat outside, brainstorming my latest article for Photoblog, I noticed it was still in residence and had caught some prey - a fly of some description. As I grabbed my camera it started wrapping the insect in further layers of silk and I was thrilled to capture this miniature predator in action. No doubt it's not the most pleasant end for the fly but at this point in the day, early evening, the web is now empty, so I'm guessing the spider has since eaten his or her shrink-wrapped snack!

23 August 2017

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Robert Taylor 2 years ago

I agree with everyone,,, WOW,,, love the clarity and color

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Helen Hooker Replied to Robert Taylor 2 years ago

Thanks Robert! I guess it just goes to show you don't have to venture far for true wildlife photography!

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Jay Boggess 2 years ago

WOW! Excellent close-ups, details & clarity! Love your commentary, as always! Bravo!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years ago

Thanks Jay!

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Bill Baird 2 years ago

You aced it.  Love # 2

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Helen Hooker Replied to Bill Baird 2 years ago

Thanks Bill!

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