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Anyone For Seconds?

Anyone For Seconds?
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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-13
Categories: Spiders
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Garden Spiders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-15 6:45
Viewed: 5144
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Araneus diadematus - Garden Spider

I posted a fairly thorough note here about the garden spider, but came across this on the net which I found quite sweet ...

"You're the best teacher in the whole world,” said Maisee,* as she hugged me. Actually, it wasn't I who was “the best teacher,” it was our new guest, a strikingly beautiful black and yellow garden spider.

Juan had found the spider in the bushes outside our classroom door, and I had set her on a wooden frame on a bookcase in my third-grade classroom. Overnight, she had made a dazzling symmetrical orb web. My students watched in amazement as the spider pounced on a grasshopper and quickly wrapped it in silk. The “awesomes!” soon overtook the “ewwws!” as the students watched the spider feast on the grasshopper's blood.

In the few weeks that Charlotte (as my students named her) graced my classroom, the students learned many lessons from her. They learned about the web of life, the interdependence of predator and prey. Many changed their relationship to spiders from one of fear to one of respect.

They learned about the sad, yet ever-renewing cycle of life. They also learned many facts about spiders, their body structures, and their different habitats and mechanisms of survival. And in a world that will lose about a quarter of its wildlife in the next decade, I believe that observing and caring for one single spider helped us bridge the gap between the human and natural worlds.

Charlotte was an excellent team teacher. How could she have known that I had planned to do a lesson on food webs on the day that she first demonstrated her insect trapping skills to us? (See sidebar.)

As I watched my students hard at work on creating food web drawings, I thanked Charlotte for having provided a real-life demonstration of the concept. Teaching through words—even with the aid of illustrations in books—just didn't work with this class where 10 out of 14 of my students are learning English as a second language. (Six have Spanish as a first language, two have Hmong, one Khmer, and one Albanian.)

By Kate Lyman


This spider resides in my lavender bush in the front garden.
Hope you like it.

Happy Birthday David x - I’m sure you’ll just love this spider ;-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-15 6:59]
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Hi Julia,

I am always up for seconds (should temper that habit a bit ;)) but when I see this, I would pass. ;) This is a good shot Julia. Very good details, well exposed, well composed and great BG (I especially like the two green parts in the left upper corner and in right lower corner. Well done & TFS!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-15 8:32]
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One of your best Julia! I just love composition with diagonal green-black-green stripes and razor sharp in centre. Very interesting note, perfect picture and great subject.

Hello Julia!
Wonderful spider close up.Colors,details,POV and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Brilliant Macro Julia,
Very sharp and well detailed. Great POV and lighting. Well composed and perfect exposure.
I always go for seconds, it puts me on the path to that perfect figure!
Have a great time this weekend, thanks for posting

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-15 15:46]
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SUPER. Kolejne fajne zdjęcie. Wszystko OK.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-16 3:50]
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Hello Julia!
Perfect capture.Sharpness,details,lighting and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Spiders freak me out, Julia! But I can't stop looking at this one, as she is busy with her work. Very nice use of light and tone to create interest and a sort of "mystery".

Hey how did you know it was my birthday?!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-16 15:41]
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Hi Julia, it's a great shot. I've not seen this species with that colour form before. Very good details and a good note. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-17 18:18]
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Julia, a great image. The dark bg highlights the spider. Very nice composition and frame.

Great job.

Gee Julia, sorry I missed this one! It's very good with excellent DOF, details, colors and light..Great note, Great work with that DCR-250! I'm so glad it fell into the right hands! ;-))

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-05 23:09]
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Hi Julia.
You have shared an excellent picture of well known spider. Great details, colours and contrast of the spider with amazing combination lights and darks of BG make a very strong artistic impression. TFS and my best regards,

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