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To The Top!

Updated on September 19, 2014

To the Top!

The beautiful things we find in nature! We can look and not see, and sometimes, it jumps right at you, literally! Sometimes what you see in nature may not be what you would think of as beautiful, but you can't deny it's intriguing, and the good news, it's part of nature's links!

When I came across this little fellow, a phidippus clarus, I think we surprised each other! Of course, he was looking for his next meal, and I was looking for something interesting to photograph. The ensuing seconds really proved to be quite memorable; and I'm glad I had my camera to capture a beauty that is seldom seen!

All Photos by Bev Lemley ~ all rights reserved.

Looking ~ And looking back at me! - I was instantly drawn to investigate...

Something about this guy caught my eye. It could have been those gorgeous turquoise fangs or those big eyes!

Perhaps if you get a better view... - ...You'll see what I mean!

Are those eyes soulful or what?!

It quickly became apparent... - ...this guy is not happy with me ~ or the camera!

Or maybe he was getting out his knife and fork!

When he turned sideways... - ...perhaps to get his napkin...

I caught my first ever glimpse of a phidippus clarus's rear-end ~ wow! What a beautiful creature!

A Photography Tip for Macro Shots of Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders attack their meal by jumping on them, so when they detect you, they will not flee, but instead, turn to see if you are their next meal! So while this sounds frightening, remember that these are great opportunities! Just remember they will seek cover if you become too menacing, so try to get the best light on the spider, not too bright, get as close as you can, and take as many pictures as you can!

Oh, Those Eyes! - And those gorgeous turquoise fangs!

And how many eyes!

The phidippus clarus actually have eight eyes, and can see better than a cat can in the daytime. They have infrared vision, and they can see ten times better than a dragonfly!

I would like to thank my source, Wikipedia ~ Thank you!

On the Way Up! - I think he is upset!

Too much paparazzi ~ or he is ready for supper!

Isn't this little Phidippus Clarus... - ...just lovely!

He jumps straight at the camera, ready to attack! - But freefalls... eeeeeKK!!!

No worries, this little fellow hopped back on the same branch, and hopefully, soon was having a delicious snack. I assure you it wasn't me!

If you would like to see more of this phidippus clarus and his adventures, come along and view the To the Top! slideshow! Click "Full Screen" in the almost upper left-hand corner, and be sure to click out of the actual slideshow when through to return to this page.

Now that you know... - ...all about the phidippus clarus...

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A Female phidippus clarus... - ...much plainer and smaller!

Enjoy the little Phidippus Clarus on stage!

Can't get enough?!

See plenty more phidippus clarus here!

Amazing videos...

You will enjoy these macro videos that showcase the phidippus clarus ~

Amazing and ahh-some!!

Please sign our guestbook... - ...and tell us what you think!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: Ha ha, That's funny, Linda! He was very real, and he definitely did his thing, by jumping straight at the camera lens when he made it to the top ~ I was anticipating it, which didn't help. Thank goodness he didn't land on me or the camera may have been history!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Your photographs are so good my husband thought the spider wasn't real. Gorgeous.

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      AmazingRCstore 5 years ago


      Please take a look at our lenses, maybe you will find something interesting.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @vinodkpillai lm: Wow! Thank you so kindly, vinodkpillai! B : )

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      It's a beautiful lens that truly deserved the purple star. And more!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @lesliesinclair: Ha ha! I had to share my little friend(s)! I'm all about the science of outside, and kids don't get to see how great nature really is. I think adults would really be interested too, if they just had the chance. I love it when some that are afraid of spiders say my little friends aren't too bad! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      What an idea, to build a lens around a spider, but it was a super idea.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: I don't know about professionally, but thanks for that ~ I do know lucky! Thank you! B : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great photos- professionally done!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: LOL ~ Great! I hope you like the little fella! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Doc_Holliday: Thanks! I'm glad you like him, too! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @gottaloveit2: Thanks! It's probably his eyes that have made him less eekkk! B : )

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      Fascinating little fella !!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Loved the pics even though I am NOT a fan of spiders. Great photos.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now this is something thatI definitely didn't know.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thanks, J! So glad to see you on here! I am tickled to pieces ~ hey, you made my day! B : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love your Jumping Jack. You have caught wonderful views of him. They are quite beautiful.


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