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287/365: "Words are like the spider's web: a shelter for the clever ones and a trap for the not-so-clever." ~ Maltese Proverb

287/365: "Words are like the spider's web: a shelter for the clever ones and a trap for the not-so-clever." ~ Maltese Proverb
3 more pictures in notes above! :) My uploads tonight are all dedicated to The Sunday Challenge group! :D

You may know that I have become quite fond of spiders in the past couple of years since I began taking pictures and learning more about them. And when a darling little orb weaver spider came to live just outside my front door last September, I had a naming contest for my new little friend, who would be named Roscoe Frank McCrawlerson! :) I have read that Cat-Faced Orb Weavers live only one season, but it is now well-into October and Roscoe is still alive and well in her corner of her nook. She has had two suiters that I know of, but has not made an egg sac. I know that her time grows short, so I appreciate her every day that she is still here with me. (If you'd like to see pictures of Roscoe with many stories, here's a search for her pictures: Roscoe's Pictures on ipernity

A few days ago, I noticed that there was a NEW cat-faced orb weaver in a much darker color, hanging out on the ceiling of the porch. Soon it found itself a spot not very far from where Roscoe lives! I think it's another female, and about half the size of Roscoe, the a body about 2/3" in diameter. Hooray!!

And THEN I was looking around on the wall and suddenly gave a squeak of delight! There, near Roscoe's nook, was a BABY ROSCOE!! Awwwwwww!!!! Just a bit bigger than Roscoe when she came to stay (1/4"), this little doll is perfectly adorable, making beautiful, tiny webs and acting very brave and bold! I hope she and her older girlfriend will be here to stay, and I hope that everyone gets along! :) (Textures by Jerry Jones: Square-170 and Square-151 )

A big thank you to Shuttering Yukon, who is the admin for The Sunday Challenge, for letting my critter pictures slip in under the wire! :)

A proverb (from Latin: proverbium) is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim.

Proverbs are often borrowed from similar languages and cultures, and sometimes come down to the present through more than one language. Both the Bible (including, but not limited to the Book of Proverbs) and medieval Latin (aided by the work of Erasmus) have played a considerable role in distributing proverbs across Europe, although almost every culture has examples of its own.Wikipedia: Proverb

Dave Linscheid, Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme, Angela Parker, Dynamo and 20 other people have particularly liked this photo


17 comments - The latest ones
 Pam J
Pam J club
Spiders.......

sigh.....

MORE spiders..........

The woman is determind.............

SMILES......... wonderful photo..........but I cannot "Awwwww" convincingly !!!!!!
7 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome close-up!
7 years ago.
 Cathlon
Cathlon
I love that taking photos of spiders doesn't worry you at all and that you can appreciate them!
Such a great photo and details! Now I have to quickly look for something else to see! :-) TSC
7 years ago.
 Jon Smith
Jon Smith
it's like a little cube of nastiness, ready to liquidise the next thing that passes by! nicely shot though :-)
7 years ago.
 Stan Askew
Stan Askew club
Beautiful Work!!
Seen in

The Artisan!!
7 years ago.
 Stan Askew
Stan Askew club
That's Wild!!
Seen in

Wonderful World
of Wildlife!!
7 years ago.
 koaxial
koaxial
stunning shot, Janet!!! - at a first glance an abstract composition.... at a closer look a strange spider! - wonderfully done!!!
7 years ago.
 Sigmund
Sigmund
A beautiful capture & presentation. Lovely comp and texture :-))
7 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Very beautiful.
7 years ago.
 Blueman
Blueman
A great work! Compliments!
7 years ago.
 pajmcb
pajmcb
Amazing shot, Janet!

Found and enjoyed in the group gallery at:
Hang It!
7 years ago.
 Ken Dies
Ken Dies club
I love your macros, Janet. You do such a great job.
7 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Fascinating little creature well captured!
7 years ago.
 Dynamo
Dynamo
Excellent image of the tiny guy..
Seen in Prime lenses (fixed focal length)
7 years ago.
 Clickity Click
Clickity Click club
Great for the challenge and fantastic texture Janet.
7 years ago.
 Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme
Chantal HILLENVECK d…
Que merveilles ++++++
7 years ago.
 Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
He looks great on that texture!
7 years ago.

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