The Itsy Bitsy Spider
There’s beauty all around, all the time; one has to be open in order to see the opportunity amidst the everyday and usual. It’s all there, just waiting to be seen and become an exotic, out of the ordinary and great adventure.
Here’s what I stumbled upon not in a deep tropic jungle but right in my own back yard.
My peaceful, late (love to sleep in) Saturday morning was interrupted by my husband: “get your camera, quick”, fast followed by chilling screams of my girls from outside which could only mean one thing – arachnid. That was my cue to quickly grab my macro, gather my courage and jet outside, ready for action!
It’s all about the light… a single line that can never be used too many times. Had it not been for the light, this beauty would probably go unnoticed like it’s done until that day, but she was just glowing and striking a pose just for me. If I had one piece of advice for a beginning photographer, it would be: go with the flow, take chances, and be spontaneous. So I grab a ladder, climb up REALLY high, get too close for comfort and shoot. From the front, from the back, from the side. The spider is placid, ignoring me the best she can and hoping I’ll let her be, but I have other plans. Water drops also look great when back lit, so my faithful assistant/husband grabs a hose on my command and we make some rain.
What you see is the result of courage (yes, really), quick thinking, and a crazy balancing act with a ladder. Totally unexpected and a great experience.
Watch out, something wonderful just might happen to be in the right light at any moment.