On Sunday, as I was looking at some of the wildflowers that are currently growing around the cabin, I found that very few of the panicled asters (Aster lanceolatus) were actually in bloom. One in particular caught my eye, as there was one open blossom among the dozen or so that were growing on its stalk. When I looked really closely, I found that a tiny crab spider (family Thomisidae) had positioned itself just outside the actual blossom and just below the shortest petal, lying in wait for an unsuspecting visitor to land on it in hopeful expectation of a quiet nectar or pollen feed. I made a few hand-held shots, but it was at an awkward height and there was a bit of breeze, so noted its position, returned to the cabin, fetched my trusty tripod, and set up for a serious and more comfortable session.
Both the spider and the breeze were quite willing to cooperate, the former moving around into various positions of visual accessibility and the latter abating from time to time, allowing me to increase my depth of field without pushing my sensitivity so high that good resolution would be overly compromised by increased grain and “noise.”
Over the better part of the next hour, I immersed myself in respectful study, taking great care to move in ultra-slow motion so as not to cause any more unnatural vibrations to her perch than were unavoidable. (Click on a photo for a higher-resolution image.)