First home game of the season at Brentford. Pitch looking good. Interesting visitor in the New Road Gents urinal. Clearly watching different action in there.
This is the time of year that I frantically try and complete a calendar for 2015. Here is the short list of my photos. It has been a strange photographic year really. Some memorable shots but maybe not as many as in past years so it has been relatively easy to get down to a final set of 22. all help appreciated in helping me choose the final 12.
As an update on the antics of Katie Spider. Over the last few days of sunshine and warmth, she has done little else other than eat. She even has a spare food morsel in her web. But her legs are growing longer and her stomach clearly so. She looks like a spider wearing leggings. But the clever spider has also been learning to write. If you look at the top of the web above Katie she has typed a little letter K into her web, but maybe a little off balance as the K is on the side instead of upright.
Over the last few weeks I have been watching the spiders in the garden. They build the most intricate webs, grow larger with their regular meals and they reach a point where they are massive in spider terms. I was watching these spiders today and decided that they were having a chilled out day, just out in the sun relaxing, eating what could be in spider land Salted Caramel Ice creams in the sun. But they looked so relaxed, not being bothered much by me at all. The photographs are of two spiders and they need names. But to be awkward I am going to call them both Katie Spider . Just random names. So tonight I am introducing you to these two spiders and we can all follow them in the days to come. I think I was quite kind to both of them, leaving them alone to think and make or mend their web. I am sure there was some film about a spider, a cute one, but the name of the film escapes me. But my two spiders are the cutest of all. Their webs remain intact, they have crept into their night time hiding places and all is quiet. They seem rather happy living in the garden. I know this is not true in a vetinary manner but they do look like they have eyes and are watching their food.
Around this time each year I sit down and try and sort out my best 13 photographs of the year to make up my annual calendar. Not easy. This year is easier than some. These are the said photos. Each has a reason for being there and each has a story. Please feel free to share this post and this blog with your friends and colleagues.
Over the last few years I have become more cogniscent with nature and insects due to the interest from my 12 year old. Sitting in the garden last week I saw what I thought was a piece of paper or rubbish in the plant pot that is filled with bright blue and yellow pansies and reed type leaves. On closer inspection it was moving and had legs. Quick rush to get camera with Macro lens attached.
Told 12-year-old when she got home and cue excitement and Google searches. No doubt it was a Crab Spider. Now this must be a particularly stupid one as one of their attributes, other than that they resemble a crab, is that they change colour and can camouflage themselves. Considering the pot is filled with bright blue and yellow pansies and green reed type leaves, said Crab Spider did not do a good job being bright white.
Few facts about Crab Spiders. Crab spiders (Thomisidae) resemble crabs. Their first four legs extend out to the sides and are longer than the back four legs. Crab spiders are almost always found outdoors. They do not make a web; instead they catch their prey using their front legs. The crab spider can stay in the same place—a flower or a leaf, for instance—for days, or even weeks, waiting for its dinner to arrive. The good news for me is that the spider is not poisonous, well to me at least, and lives worldwide especially in North America. We recently had a Texan visitor so I am blaming him as all sorts of strange things come from Texas, and most things seem dangerous and poisonous there!
This spider has very strong front legs, and it uses them to wrap its prey. The spider then injects venom into the prey to immobilize it. It eats insects and bees. This is bad news for the many Bees that live in our garden. Crab spiders are reminiscent of water crabs in both shape and movement. They can walk forwards, sideways or even backwards. Crab spiders range in color from pale yellow to white or green. They change their color to match their background, so you may have to observe a flower or leaf for a long time to be able to detect a crab spider sitting on it. Goldenrod crab spiders can change their color to match the flower they are sitting on. It takes about 10-25 days for the goldenrod crab species to change its color to match the flower it sits on. So lets see what our little specimen manages to do in the most few weeks. The good news otherwise for Crab Spiders is that they do live 2 years!
Doing a search on Google images, there are many different types of Crab Spider but this one most definitely is one!
Usually none of the family are fond of spiders but last week I kind of came to admire them. Watching them spin webs in the garden connecting plants and pots to make amazing works of art called Webs. The intricate patterns and their patience suggested that ADHD does not exist amongst the spider fraternity. A few photographs to demonstrate their artistic triumphs. By accident I partially destroyed one of the webs, maybe even this one photographed here and I felt rather guilty.