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Old 07-12-2010, 07:13 PM   #121
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Texas sized spiders at Hornsby's Bend today. Lots and lots of them.
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Is that a sparrow the spider is eating?
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Hmmm - that looks like one of those garden spiders. The web usually has a zig-zag design running vertically near the center.

They're pretty big spiders, and I've enjoyed watching them around the house. They make these freaky vase-shaped egg cases. Argiope aurantia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What I can't figure out is what it caught!

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Old 07-12-2010, 07:32 PM   #124
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Is that a sparrow the spider is eating?
Well, the spider is not THAT big. But I did a double take that it wasn't a hummingbird!

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Wow. Looks like Audrey nailed the I.D. again. Wikipedia says females range from 19mm to 28mm. That must be the body only. This sucker was almost as big as my hand. It is eating a grasshopper. Sorry the photo isn't sharp. It was windy.
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Tulips at Keukenhof a couple of years ago:

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Tulips at Keukenhof a couple of years ago:
Very nice Tom. Beautiful colors.

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While I'm at it here's another one, taken a few days before the above picture. This is in the village in which I grew up in England. There were significantly more trees here when I was a kid. We used to play in these woods and build dens:

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Very nice Tom. Beautiful colors.
Thank you Avalon. The tulip gardens at Keukenhof were absolutely beautiful. This was just a small part of it.
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Wow. Looks like Audrey nailed the I.D. again. Wikipedia says females range from 19mm to 28mm. That must be the body only. This sucker was almost as big as my hand. It is eating a grasshopper. Sorry the photo isn't sharp. It was windy.
Great shot--we call those banana spiders and they easily get as big as your hand here. When we'd ride horses on dirt roads as kids they were always wrapping around our heads causing much hysteria as we tried to figure out where the spider was in all that web!

I have one outside my front door right now who is thrilled whenever I leave the porch light on--she's a monster! You can see the males (much smaller) hanging on the sidelines of her web waiting to pick off the stuff she doesn't get. They have to be careful, though, as I've read that she doesn't always distinguish between boyfriend and dinner!
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This guy is very small, what attracted my attention was the seed apparently moving by itself. I couldn't even see the ant until I got down on my hands and knees. More out of idle curiosity to see if the camera would get the shots.
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Walt, that is totally cool! Did you use a macro setting or anything special? Fascinating!
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Yes, I used a macro setting on it. The camera is a Nikon Coolpix P100, what I'd call a high-end point 'n shoot. It does offer a lot of manual controls for those who want that, and while it offers full controls, it also has pre-programmed settings for those who don't want to fool with apertures, shutter speeds, focal points, depth-of-field and all that stuff. There's even a pure point 'n shoot mode that offers no control at all, good for um, some people...

The amazing thing to me is that the whole camera cost less than what just the macro lens to get that shot would have cost years ago.
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Thanks for the details. Our little fujinon pocket camera has a macro feature, but I've never used it. Always wind up fiddling with the DSLR instead, but now rethinking the small one.
Amazing how the technology has improved while the prices have dropped!
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My container grown Portugal (harvested when they turn bright red) and Cubanelle peppers, and the first of 3 fall hardy mums opening. The other two plants will go in the ground very shortly.
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