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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-11
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/458 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-20 3:56
Viewed: 4834
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Mammy is a huge female of Raft Spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus).

They are known from making very large egg sacs. That's not very strange concerning the fact the spiders itself are very large. The females can reach over 2cm (without legs!). Stiil the size of the sac in comparision with the spider is preety impressive.

I don't have any picture where the size of this lady would be well visible, but as I estimated when I saw her, the egg sac she carried had about 1cm in diameter.

I've also seen a much bigger female that day. She didn't had a sac yet, but it was obvious she's "pregnant". Her abdomen was huge, probably swollen with eggs. She has over 2cm for sure and looked very impressive. We don't really have any big spiders in Poland, and this one was huge!
Unfortunatelly before I managed to get close enough for shot she run away into the water. Maybe I'll have another occasion someday.

The lady on my picture put her eggs to the sac already. Now she carries it. She hold it with her palps and, as you can see on the picture, she also have some silk fibers to attach the sac to her body.

When the time comes, the female will deposit the egg sac on a leaf and spin a protective silk around it. Later she open the egg sac slightly, and will be guarding it until her spiderlings emerge.

The BG of this shot is a mowed meadow covered with drying grass. The river where this spider live goes through farmer's meadows. Some of them are mowed, but fortunatelly many of them are too wet, so the farmers leave them in peace :-)
The light is warm because the shot have been taken in very late afternoon.

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Hi Monika
It's such big spider,very sharp lots of details with good DOV.

Nicely presented Monika, the DOF is just right allowing plenty of room for detail on this Mammy all with excellent lighting. :)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-06-20 4:14]

Very good picture. I love the lighting, sharpness and contrast with the BG. I wonder how heavy it is for her to carry that huge sac...eh well...nature's way :)

Hi Monika, super shot of mother and sac! Very impressive having to carry that around all day... Quite amazing how they do this, and as you say she has help with protective silk spun around it. Where is her head? On the right? Your notes are just so interesting to read. I never realised that this is how the eggs are looked after. Thank you,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-20 4:28]

Hi Monika!
Ruuuuun!!! Martians are coming! :-) Perfect creature, looking even better with this ball. Very World Cup photo :-) Very good quality, note and very interesting subject. Big one. I have got troubles with spiders photography, they always run fast when they spot me. BTW I read long time ago that if you want to capture butterflies you shouldn't use any perfumes or deodorants :-)

Another great capture Monika. You know with your gallery and those accompanying notes you could easily market a book which I am sure would be a seller. Very nice work.

Wow, what a spider ! It looks huge on your photo ! This sac seems to be quite heavy for the poor spider. Excellent sharpness and details, beautiful colors, excellent composition and POB, excellent DOF and BG. A perfect shot. Very well done !

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-20 4:41]

Hi Monika, impressive shot. Had no idea that these spiders carried their young this way, fascinating. Great technically with good composition. Well done and TFS.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-20 5:01]
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Hi Monika,
Now this would look good rotated 90° :-) Excellent shot, technically everything is good, great detail and colours, perfect DOF. Great flash levels again, no hint of flash artifacts anywhere. A really interesting note too, I think it's very impressive that you write your own notes rather than take them from a website, you have very good knowledge of your subjects. A great Biology lesson for me too! Great work.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-20 5:58]

Hello Monika,
Excellent shot,well caught,framed and composed.I liked POV,colors and framing also a lot.

Czesc Monika,

Ehhhhhhh, nie wiem co juz pisac a powtarzac sie nie lubie... :)))))) DOSKONALE!


Hi Monika,
I like your POV here very much. Right on eye level. Great quality light and a spot on exposure has given some nice saturated colors. Good sharp detail. Looks great! Great notes too.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-20 7:28]

¶wietne makro, bdb ostro¶æ i jej g³êbia, ³adne kolory potworka. Dobra robota.
Pozdr. Al.


Very well done a sit is sharp and well detailed pic showing great POV and Composition. TFS,

Ciao Monika,
macro molto bella, dettagli e colori ottimi.


Fasinating shot Monika, that's a lott of eggs in her basket!
Great composition and sharpness as usual.

Hello Monika
Cette prise de vue en macro est vraiment belle.
C'est un véritable plaisir que de voir ces belles couleurs sur cette ravissante araignée. Belle composition et beaux détails.
Merci et a la prochaine ....JP

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-20 9:19]
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Hi Monika,
Nature guarantees continuity for many many ways, and you show us today one of the heavier way possible! It must be interesting to see what happens when the sac will opens,...
Great capture!
TFS, José M.

A very "loaded" Mammy, indeed!
Impressive large macro with perfect details and colour.
I like your amusing and well-written notes, Monika.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-20 17:35]

Hello Monika,
oh no today must be the day of the spoders, Sabine already scared me ;-).
Excellent shot, details and sharpness are superp. Light, colors and POV are also very good.

Interesting post Monika,

Good detail, colours and very sharp. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition. Unfortunately not cute or sweet for me ;) but it is Perfect.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-21 1:07]

What a fascinating shot, Monika. : )
I have never actually seen a spider with an egg sac, and this one is huge.
The mother spider looks so funny. She almost has to stand on her tip toes to accommodate the height of the sac.
Amazing POV and details. Great colors and light.
TFS. : )

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-06-21 12:37]

Hi Monika.
It's superb. All of the aspects of the shot are excellent. Outstanding photo.
My congratulation.

Hello monika, excllent shot, perfect colors, Bg, POV, DOF, Perfect capture, TFS Kyle

Hello Monika!
Very dark tones on this one, even the egg sac too! Very interesting pose with the abdomen bent and that long legs! What! 2 cm. without legs! Wow, i didn't see the spider like that and i'm not sure i want to see it also! Just joking :-) Hey, i read about these spiders can eve hunt little fishes! After read your note, i'm sure she can hunt a mediocre trouts also :-) It is great to see that silk fibers to attach the sac to her body. Your shots always include interesting points that like on this one! Great post!

Wspaniale, wspaniale, wspaniale...
Nic dodac nic ujac :-)
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

Sliczna mamuska :) I jaka duza. Wspaniale zdjecie! Gratulacje!!!

Hello Monika,
Very interesting spider, carring the "boys" in this odd huge ball. You have made a great photo with this singular moment.
Excellent composition with nice colours and details.
Best regards

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-26 16:23]

Hello Monika, great capture. You did a good job catching one like this. The composition and colurs are fine and good focus too. Very well done.

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-06-29 15:26]

Hi Monika,
This wonderful picture magnificiently completes your Dolomedes series. I see you and these impressive spiders have become friends ; I hope you also will come to get an eyesight on their small offsprings once they hatch (and then I hope you will have your camera with you). I like your notes, you really know how to share your passion. And then you remark on the smallest details perfectly illustrated in your photos, like the small thread securely fitting the sac to the spiders body ! We are with you at that small pond ! Thanks ! Patrick

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-30 22:37]

Hi Monika.
Great macro, excellent details colors and sharpness,complet note.


Hi Monika,
Great shot, I like it.
Excellent exposure, color, and sharp detail.
Well composed, nice BG, and this POV shows both her & the egg sac very well.
Very well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-04 12:05]

Hello Monika, excellent capture with a great POV and DOF. I like the position of this spider with these long legs and his large eggs sac. Very well done and congratulations, Didier.

HI Monika,
this one is so interesting, I love to see this spider with the sack with the babies. A wonderful moment, thanks for sharing.
In these warm and sunny days I'm not so often here on TN, it's a little sad to miss all the good shots. Bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Monika, why is it the further east you go the bigger the bugs get, thats one thing I have noticed since moving to Sweden. Must say thought the bugs you have seem even bigger.

Very nice work and wow what an ugly looking spider but great for the camera.... :-)


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-08 6:18]

Hello Monika,
This is an excellent macro.
Superb detail,even the strands of silk are clearly seen.
I have one similar which I'll post soon,different species though and not as detailed as yours!
Great shot,well done.


amazing shot, monika! :-)
i´ve never seen such a cool spider carrying its egg-sack.
excellent composition and pov in a perfect sharpness
and with terrific details.
that´s why i really like TN, always somehting new.
thanks & take care, thorsten.

This one is great, I would just love to find one of this. Wondeful nature, isn´t it?
Very nice capture, everything under control, and very descriptive, perfect for TN. Thanks.

hi monika
vraiment tres etrange cette araignée et tres bien presentée.merci.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-15 17:17]

This is a good shot Monika! POV, DOF and composition are fantastic and the light is very warm. Perfect exposure and great sharpenss. I also like the blurred bg a lot. Well done & TFS!


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