Friday, September 12, 2008

It Ain't So Little

I took another trip to Descanso Gardens today and this time I just went ahead and paid for membership. I find something different or interesting each time I go and it such a nice place to spend a few hours. I raced home though to post these because this was my top pick of the photos I got today.


This thing was huge! I've never seen a spider this big and I was grossed out and fascinated at the same time. I've come a long way with my spider thing to get this close to one nestled between the branches of a big rose bush. The body, no lie, was about the size of my thumb from the knuckle to the base.





I don't think it was spider. I think it was a crab out of its environment. :-)

15 comments:

June said...

That's one nasty looking critter...but I can see why it's your favorite!

iriegal said...

Oh my GOD, that thing is big..an nasty looking. and you held on to your camera? Girl, I gotta give it to you

me ann my camera said...

Isn't it so fascinating how some of these previously unapproachable creatures have now become creatures of wonder and beauty! It is the through the magic of cameras and identifying with glorious nature and its many treasures that appreciation develops. Great pictures!

Jayne said...

A crab out of its environment...lolol! Cool catch of the pretty garden spider. :c)

Mike - Fenphotography said...

WOW what a spider, it looks huge too, great pics.

Coca Cutie said...

I dont like spiders, but you dis a great job here. Trully amazing!!

Wren said...

Great photo - that is one interesting-looking spider. And I say that as one who, like you, started out hating and fearing them. Since I've come to understand them better I appreciate them more, and since I've been photographing them, I've come to appreciate their beauty as well.

And Descano Gardens is lovely. I was there years ago on a birding trip and I'd definitely be back if it weren't 3,000 miles away.

Arija said...

Last week I saw these spiders on someone else'blog complete with scientific names. Sorry I can't remember who it was. Nice shots.

kjpweb said...

Great shots - and it's a beautiful spider (as far as beauty and spiders go together). It's a black and yellow Argiope - a fall creature, that starts to pop up here all over the place this time of the year.
Great catch!
Cheers, Klaus

2sweetnsaxy said...

A sincere thank you to all of you for your comments! A little side note to:

Wren - It's nice to know that someone else has been where I've been! :-)

Klaus - I knew you would now what that is! You're my hero! :-)

The Birdlady said...

Very cool - You'll think this is too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ijYVyhnn0

My daughter sent it to me - she is one of the bery early Obama campaign organizers, and has, in fact, done a lot of the photography ...
http://www.rdavidphotography.com/index.php?splash=1
Enjoy.

2sweetnsaxy said...

That was more than very cool! Thank you so much! Your daughter is an awesome photographer! Wow!

Shelia said...

The pictures are beautiful 2sweetnsaxy!

Lapa37 said...

I do not like spiders they make my heart race and my skin crawl. This one you have here would have made me have a stroke or something.

Denise said...

I enjoy spider photos and you have taken some beautiful ones of this one. Those gardens you go to sound really lovely.