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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: 2005-09-28
Categories: Spiders
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-28 11:58
Viewed: 4600
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Araneus diadematus Garden Spider

Description: Male 4 - 8mm, female 10 - 15mm. Both sexes have a clear white cross of irregular-sized dots on the abdomen. Ground colour ranges from bright orange to black, but is usually some shade of brown.

Habits: Spins a more or less vertical orb-web, usually well off the ground on bushes or fences, or between the branches of trees, and catches a wide range of flying insects. The spider usually hides close to the web, but sometimes sits motionless in the middle. Adult late summer and autumn, when the webs are most obvious. Over winters in the egg stage, the eggs being enclosed in silken bags fixed in bark crevices or under window sills. Swarms of tiny yellow and brown spiderlings emerge from the bags in spring.

Habitat and range: Almost any well-vegetated habitat: abundant in hedgerows and gardens. Very common throughout the UK.


This image is for my son, Ethan.

He is away this week on a school trip in Dorset and today is his ninth birthday. Its very strange not having your child at home for a week, but for their birthday is almost unbearable.

I hope this image meets with his approval. Weve been viewing a beast outside our front door for the past few weeks. Shes huge and bright orange. Unfortunately she only comes out when its dark, spends the first couple of hours re-building her web (is it true that they eat them?) and then settles in the middle of it. You can normally catch me outside (generally in my PJ bottoms!) trying (unsuccessfully) to get the shot.

This not so large beast resides in the ivy in our back garden. She was originally in the middle of her web but I got a bit too close so she hid under a leaf.
If you look carefully you can see that she is in the middle of a meal.

Oh, and this is also my 50th post!

Thanks for taking the time to look. I appreciate all feedback.

Mousehill, TAZ, red45, Fisher, dew77, Janice, wallhalla15, scottevers7, sAner, Luc, marhowie, livios, PDP has marked this note useful
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Nice capture of the garden spider Julia. They indeed eat their own web when it is broken. I think this helps them in rebuilding a new one fast as they "recycle" the ingredients. I like the earthy tones in your image and shapness on it's head, the only thing I could nit about is the dark shadow on it's back. A very nice image!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-28 12:48]

Captured like that, the "Epeire diademe" (in french) seems very impressive ! So, good point of view and composition ! Thanks for sharing Julia.

Excellent close up of the spider. Sorry to hear about your separation anxiety from your son. Be strong, he will be home soon.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-28 16:31]
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Brave Julia is back :-) I love mood of your picture. Dark colours, perfect details, pose and subject itself - all are great!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-09-28 17:09]

Hi Julia,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details. Beautiful work.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-29 3:46]

Hello Julia!
Wonderful macro.Sharpness,POV,lighting,details and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

PJ bottoms only?
Intersting spider Julia, but not beautiful. Good capture of her, and sharp and detailed too. Well done.

Julia, very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

Amazing macro and congrats on the 50th post. This is a real beauty, perfect sharpness and color.


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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2005-10-01 12:07]

Hi Julia, what a beautiful macro af this variable spider showing so many crisp sharp details on its head with her many eyes. She seems really scared about this strange macrolens approaching her. Congratulations for your 50th post. Thanks for sharing, Patrick

Lovely capture, Julia. I am just back from my vacation and have lots of photos to check out and edit. I will supply a proper critique later my friend.

Hi Julia,
An excellent shot here. The colors and detail are superb. You did a great job on your 50th post.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-10 7:51]

Wow Julia! This shot is crystalclear and the details are razorsharp. Colors are great and the composition is perfect. Well done & TFS!


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-18 20:34]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Power of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete. Lately a Happy Birthday to Ethan and congratulations for the fiftieth!
Thank you Julia.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-10-30 15:39]

Hello Julia!
Nice capture!Nice details and POV.
Thanks for posting...

Well composed Julia with excellent DOF, detail, color, light & sharpness. Great POV of the spider and its head. That DCR-250 shines here. Very well done. Thank You

Hi Julia,
Good macro with good details, nice colours and good composition.
It's a good picture to your 50th post.
Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-09 11:17]

Julia, a nice macro to show us this nice moment.

I like composition and colors. Great pov too.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-07 16:59]

Hi Julia, great close up of this large lady. The details are great and you've done a great job with the lighting, very nice work.

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