Monday, September 7, 2009

Sunday stills: Rule of thirds/macro Monday

It's the two for one, just like at I-Hop.

See theres something that only comes along once a year. Something that only a kid raised in a small hick town in the country like mine can completely appreciate.
Most of your will have never heard of it but it's the biggest event our 3000 citizen town has. No other fair in Ontario makes as much money on rides as the Harrow fair does. Yup, our county fair. We have horse shows, cow showmanship, all the 4-h clubs (many having their achievement day there), chickens, pigs, rabbits, food, rides, good music, rowdy carnies, rowdy locals , vendors, you name it. The fair. Too bad it didn't come more than once a year. It's always the highlight of the summer and one of my favorite horse shows is held there.
So having said that from last Wednesday until late last night I was running in a hundred different directions. That is why my posts are not only late, but the two in one.
First, Sunday stills. Rule of thirds. (Click images for full view as always)

This is a black and yellow argiope spider. They make their extremely strong webs every year around the back of the calf barn where Indigo sleeps. Spiders don't make me squeamish but when I went searching for them to take pictures of them I just about crashed right into this one. It startled me since a lot of the time fox snakes hang around that back door and I've been bit a time or two.
The big ones are females. This one's butt was about as big as a quarter! Thats one big mama spider.
Heres a male. Makes build webs nearby females and lurk around. After they mate the female either eats the male (go gir!) or he dies. After laying the eggs near her in the center of the web the female eventually dies as the colder weather sets in.
My sister is extremely terrified of spiders. Once I put one in a bucket and took pictures with her cell phone she loaned me because mine died. She just about had a heart attack when she seen the pictures and my hand next to the spider for comparison. Definitely the biggest spiders around here by far. They are often mistaken for poisonous banana spiders but they are harmless to humans other than scaring the pants off some of us.
So there you have it. Spiders.

12 comments:

Jen Mo said...

Great job! I too grew up in a town where we had the county fair and also the town fair. It was called Old Timer's Day and we got out of school early everyday that week to go. It was awesome!

Ed said...

Very cool, spiders rock and this one has great colour..:-)

lisa said...

I am glad you enjoyed the fair, we went yesterday and unfortunately around here they aren't like they used to be! Nice picture of the spider, we used to get them in our gardens!

Kate said...

I love those spiders - and in fact all other insects and snakes, although I must confess I'm not too fond of ticks and mosquitos! Thanks for the pictures!

dibear said...

Very colorful, but still creepy. :):) Nice job.

CTG Ponies said...

Great pics but ewww!!

moresecretwhispers said...

great photos :)

Sydney said...

Hahah I know how many people hate spiders but these ones are cool looking.

Beans said...

The best part about the fair was the woolly sheep! I put my hand on its back and left a handprint its fluff. XD it was so cute! and the keri chicken with the funny legs was hilarious too. Sorry I couldn't go on more rides! I was so sick after the paratrooper haha!

Sydney said...

Lol thats ok it was fun even though it was one ride with you. By the end of the ride the carnie was like >:| at us hahah

flowerweaver said...

Very neat spider pics. Nice to see both the male and female for comparison. Good job!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Way cool spiders..you did great with both the rule of thirds and a macro! :)

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