Filaments II (the obsession continues)

31 responses

  1. Very nice, Lemony. The background works so well in these.

    September 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    • Thank you, Ashley. This is the start of a new project. I’ll be stalking this Japanese clematis and the spiders who live there over the next many months.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  2. So pretty…and such detail.

    September 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    • Thank you, Scott. I, too, was captivated by the details of this beautiful spider.

      September 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      • You’re very welcome…those little guys can be so exciting sometimes….

        September 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  3. Although spders give me the creeps, and I am majorly allergic to their bites, these are very beautiful photographs Melanie. And you’ve got that front-and-center in focus/background blurry issue completely under your belt. Kudos! I’ve tried to photograph spiders’ webs and my camera is just not geared for such fine detail. I especially love the big “writing” spiders and their webs. As a calligrapher they fascinate the hell outta me! That’s OK, I appreciate yours all the more, lol, and not close enough to bite me…always a plus. Arachnophobic in Charlotte, NC, Miss Maura

    September 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    • 😀 What a fun comment, Miss Maura! Thank you. I guess I would be categorized as an Arachnophile. 🙂 I find spiders completely beautiful and fascinating. I can imagine it would be hard to love them the way I do, if you’re allergic to their bites, but as you’ve mentioned, because you’re a calligrapher, you can appreciate the beauty of their webs. Thank you so much for stopping in!

      September 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  4. Superbly done beautiful work !
    When you encounter the subject and try to capture it in the best possible way, is
    the Mindfulness on its moment. = It is NOT an obsession.

    But if you started to look for a spider everywhere even in the most unlikely places,
    which mean you can’t get lid of the image, and the desire to make beautiful
    photo of it, is the obsession.
    You been taking all sorts of subjects with such high concentration in each moment.
    = Is the mindfulness to your life.

    September 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    • I appreciate your comment very much. 🙂 Last year, I visited this particular clematis vine everyday throughout the month of October because I was so fascinated with it, and with the webs that formed there. I was utterly captivated by the visual chaos (well, and actually the patterns I found amid the appearance of chaos). Really beautiful to me: a world within our world.

      September 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  5. Que cette araignée est belle! Un plaisir de la voir ici.

    September 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    • Je te remercie. Cela me fait toujours plaisir de te voir ici! 🙂

      September 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

  6. That first shot is a real wow moment – what a beautiful photograph. The repetitions of the clematis make such a great backdrop for the spider (and what a beaut). I’ve never seen a spider like that before. The ones we get here are mainly either brown or black.

    September 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    • I was so happy to see the spider this time. Last year when I stalked this vine (everyday over the month of October, for a project I was doing) I never actually saw the spiders who were making the webs. Now I know the maker! Very exciting for me!

      September 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  7. What a spectacular spider! She looks like an artist had decorated her abdomen with a mosaic of turquoise and gold flakes. More, please!

    September 23, 2012 at 4:29 am

    • Isn’t she beautiful!! I was very, very happy to actually see the spider this time. I spent a great deal of time last year (throughout the month of October) photographing the webs that formed in this very same clematis vine, but never saw the maker herself. It’s so wonderful for me to see this stunning creature with my own eyes.

      September 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  8. I used to spend hours watching those spiders as a boy.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

    • They are spectacular little beings, aren’t they. Do you happen to know what kind of spider this is?

      September 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      • I think it might be a banded garden spider. They usually wait for prey with their heads pointed down toward the ground. If a female is bothered while guarding eggs, she will bite.

        September 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

  9. Amazing shots, Melanie!

    September 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

  10. Wonderful work! Look at those colors.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

  11. Fascinating!

    September 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

  12. This is so amazing and beautiful Melanie!
    You captured a great detail!

    September 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

  13. I love this project! These are really fine, Lemony! 🙂

    September 28, 2012 at 4:08 am

    • I’m so glad, George. I’m sure to be completely absorbed in it for the coming weeks.

      September 29, 2012 at 2:44 am

  14. Amazing details on the spider, but very creepy too!

    October 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

  15. wow! you captured the details beautifully

    October 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  16. That’s a beauty!

    October 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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