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366 Project
Janet Brien
Roscoe Frank McCrawlerson
cat-faced orb weaver
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Cat-Faced Orb Weaver
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253/366: Roscoe's Children Coming Out of Egg Sac

253/366: Roscoe's Children Coming Out of Egg Sac
One day in September of 2012, I found a baby orb weaver spider on my front porch. Over the next year, I watched this baby get her first meal, survive a freezing winter, grow to adulthood, find a mate, make an egg sac, and finally, I saw her crawl slowly away under a bush to die. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with this beautiful Cat-Faced Orb-Weaver, and I cried my eyes out when she died. Maybe just a spider to most, she was my little friend, and I missed her terribly in the months that followed. In fact, revisiting her pictures now pulls hard on my heart strings. I feel like I should be embarrassed that I feel sad as I look at all the pictures I took. How can a person become attached to a spider? I did though, and I feel pretty darn lucky that I got to know a spider well enough to cry over its death.

This is a picture of Roscoe's children, hatching out of the egg sac she made and protected until she was too weak to do so. Seeing all of these kids brings a tear to my eye. I wished that some of them would have stayed around, but they all left after a few days. What a great experience it was to know my friend Roscoe. :)

If you'd like to see Rocoe's story in pictures and tales, please visit her album here My Friend Roscoe

micritter, Trudy Tuinstra, forever is a long time, Thérèse and 11 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 Pam J
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I understand......

Remembering my Morticia and Esmeralda
5 years ago.
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*hugs* I just finished reading all of my posts to go with my pictures...it really was a great story and I am so lucky that I could document Roscoe's life with both words and photographs. :) And to you, it's so nice to have a kindred spirit. :)
5 years ago.
Heidiho club
Hmmm, I don't like spiders - but I like your story and this capture.
5 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Fabulous shot!
5 years ago.
Proxar club
5 years ago.
Great shot !
5 years ago.
 Bernhard Hofbeck
Bernhard Hofbeck club
GREAT shot!
5 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Prosper on !

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Admired in ~ I ♥ Nature
5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
 yokopakumayoko Francesco
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Macro *Art * News
5 years ago.
 William Sutherland
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5 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Only you Janet...................................

I remember that series. I wonder where they all went.
5 years ago.
 Stan Askew
Stan Askew club
5 years ago.
Thérèse club
Une histoire qui doit surprendre beaucoup de gens
Moi je la trouve tout simplement extraordinaire, cela veut dire "hors de l'ordinaire"
Et cette photo est Magnïfique. ... Tous ces petits perdus dans les fils !
5 years ago.
Très belle prise !
5 years ago.

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