* Photographing Spiders and Spider webs
There are Spiders in my Barn
I am fascinated by spider's webs and it all started with the decades old spider webs in the barn of the old farmhouse we bought some 30 years ago.
The photo on the left belongs to the first series photos I took of funnel spider webs when I got my first digital camera. With these photos my fascination for spiders and their webs started and never ended.
None of the native spiders in my country (The Netherlands) are dangerous or poisonous. It seems some can bite, but I've never experienced that myself. Spider actually have a well organized household, they even put the trash out most of the time.
So... relax, sit back and read and watch. I hope you'll enjoy my presentation, despite the fact that spiders might freak you out. Keep in mind that the spiders you might see here, can't hurt you anyway. They won't jump off the screen in your face you know.
Copyright all text and photographs, if not mentioned otherwise: Titia Geertman
Most people are scared of spiders, I know....but......
I know....Yes I know, most people don't like spiders, but have you ever had the chance to look a bit closer to spiders and the homes they build? The spider's world is actually very beautiful and very interesting. They catch their food alive (like we do), they clean it and eat it (like we do) and then they bring out the garbage (like we do). So our world is not so very different from the spider's world and that's fascinating, at least I think so.
Wat is so fascinating about Spiders?
Spiderwebs are beautiful if you take a closer look
I had my first digital camera, a little Kodak and of course I wanted to take pictures to see how it worked. So I walked into the barn where those old spider webs were hanging. I hadn't taken them out when we moved in, we had our hands full at the house. The light from the window peeked through those webs and they looked like old, but dirty lace, so I started taking pictures. It wasn't until I had put them on my pc and was watching them at full screen size, that I saw beauty in those old, dirty webs. I started to play around with my new photo editing program Paint Shop Pro and I was playing with detail selections of this photo and enlarged them a bit. It was then that I said WOW, I'm entering a whole new world here.
Detail of the spider web above
Close up of the spider web above
When I selected a detail of the photo above, I thought I had entered the land of Oz. Because that was what it looked like to me, a bit spooky, but very interesting. How on earth had they build that one big web. It looked to me as if someone had spread the finest woven fabric on the ground and then hooked some threads to it and had lifted it up. I remember thinking 'they didn't clean house yet', but then I am not one of the cleaning type either, so it did't bother me much.
Digital Cameras - You need one if you want to take pictures
Today photographing has come into reach of everyone. Digital photography is fun, it's rather easy, but never make the mistake to think that the camera makes the picture. The camera is only the tool to reach your goal: capturing something memorable, something beautiful, something disappearing and last but not least: nature's everyday beauty. It's the person behind the camera who makes the picture, makes the composition and give it the warmth of their heart.
The Nikon Coolpix is a good starter.
From that moment on, I was completely hooked and started my collection of Spiders and their Webs
Spiders are fascinating
Specially what they leave behind is even more interesting
It often is not the spider itself that fascinates me, it's what she left behind, the trail of her life so to speak. We often forget to look for the beauty in little things and there's a story behind everything.
Do spiders and their webs fascinate you too?
Funnel Spider Webs - and other spider websClick thumbnail to view full-size
Have you seen enough already? No? There you go...
Book about Spiders
Spiders in or out their Web
Waiting for their food to pass by
Next thing after the spiders webs, were the spiders in their webs, or anywhere I found them. It might look like as my house is spooked with spiders and that I never clean my house, but honestly I do...sometimes ha ha.
It's just that we live in an old farmhouse and in old farmhouses there are spiders. Besides, spiders are really useful creatures because they catch a lot of flies and mosquitoes.
But most spiders are cannibals too. The females eat their spouses if they have a chance and they eat each other when they have a chance.
The spiders in the photo were actually quite small, one you will certainly recognize, it's the daddy-long-legs who got very lucky I'd say.
Latin name is Pholcidea and if you click the link, you can read all about her in the Wikipedia. I don't know who her prey is, but probably one of those who made those scary hole webs up above.
I categorize Spiders
* by their garbage
* by the creature itself
* by their Web Art
Spiders in their Web - Those spiders who sit in their web and wait...and wait....and wait
We have a big Critter Friendly Garden and of course it's the home of a lot of spiders. Most spiders you don't see till the end of August, when nature starts slowly to make preparations for her winter holiday. Most of them are what we call the Cross Spiders, or as Wikipedia calls them: the European Garden Spiders.
This photo I've been working on in Paint Shop Pro, I made it for my book Spiders in my Head, one of a series of photography and poetry books I wrote and published.
Pictures of Spiders in their Web - waiting for their prey to fly inClick thumbnail to view full-size
Creepy Black Hairy Spiders
The black hairy spiders catch their prey by surprise
There are those big, black and hairy spiders which even scare the hell out of me if they come too close, despite the fact that they are totally harmless. Still I find them really interesting to look at (from a distance). Once one had build her web in a windowsill in a small barn and I have followed her movements for quite some time. Unfortunately it was before I had my digital camera so I have no pictures. Whatever prey she caught, when she had finished her dinner, she wrapped the remains in silk and hung it over the edge of the windowsill. That was her garbage bin. So I could see what she had eaten that day. She stayed there, until one day I noticed a soft round package in her web and that was a bundle of eggs. At that moment I thought it was time to clean house and I brought her and her package outside. To watch one was fun, but to watch a few hundred in the near future not so.
Poll about Spiders
Are you scared yet?
Spiders are real Artists
Spider's Web Art
A spider is an Artist
Every night a spider builds a new home. One could ask how she has time to catch food and eat and survive in between.
You might have noticed that when you destroy (accidentally or on purpose) a spider's web, she almost immediately starts to build a new one. That's in her genes, she can't help it, her instinct says she has to do that.
So you might as well not destroy her home, because she has a new one the morning after.
Spider Church Art
Spider Bottle Art
Spider Free Art
Spider Glass Art
Spider Jewelry Art
Spider Construction Art
Spider Motion Art
Spider Web Art
It's possible to learn to love spiders - or at least to learn to appriciate and respect them
If you don't know them, then what's your right to despice them. Just because they look scary? I'm not talking about those poisonous spiders that can really hurt you. Those are a whole other story, but most spiders are just harmless creatures.
Spiders in my Head - An almost true story
So now you know
Where my Passion for Spiders comes from
They're just too darn artistic
So this is what happened after I got my first digital camera and stumbled upon those dirty old spider webs in my barn. It's a disease. I see spiders and spider webs everywhere. it's an addiction of which I don't want to recover. It's harmless and it's beautiful.
As I said before, I'm not a professional photographer, I'm just a lady with a camera. My photos are not always of perfect quality, but they carry my soul. At least that's what I'm trying to accomplish and if I only reach one other soul, then I've reached my goal.
I blame my dad. He learned me to look beyond the obvious, but I'm so glad he did. If he hadn't taught me that, I would have missed so much beauty. He said:
'There's beauty in everything, you only have to see it.
Don't look with your eyes, look with your heart and all the beauty in the little things will come to you".
He was so right, my dad.