Webnesday (14) and wait for me!

Okay, I must admit it: Over the course of the past week or so, a careful observer might have noticed me crawling around on my belly looking for the plentiful bounty of new spring emergers, although—as I wrote yesterday—I do look up once in a while, too. Well, also yesterday, as I was having a good, close look at the new Siberian bugloss blossoms (the subject of a near-future post, I assure you), a very tiny movement attracted my attention in the immediate vicinity, and upon closer inspection, it turned out to be the first salticid (jumping spider) that I have seen here this year. I’ve been watching the little rock wall attentively for some sign of arachnid activity, but this one was apparently waiting for me to look more closely—and a little closer to ground level. I wasn’t quite prepared for extremely-close work with extension tubes and all, but I did have my camera on the Gorilla-pod and was able to rise enough to the challenge of the moment to get within a foot or so with a fair bit of detail. Please keep in mind that, if this little spider had stretched its legs out to their maximum span, they might have reached a half-centimeter, though I doubt it. The graceful structures that flow from the right edge of the frame up toward the upper-left corner are pine needles. It’s a little too small for me to identify it with certainty, but I’m pretty sure it’s a Platycryptus undatus, or familiar jumping spider, a local favorite!

Saltie 9651By the way, faithful followers, please note that—for the next three months or so—I am going to be very preoccupied with a major project, producing a comprehensive photo show for a reunion in July of CD’s family, spanning five generations. I expect close to 200 folks to attend, and I also expect to process more than two thousand photos, many of which need varying amounts of digital tweaking. And, of course, I plan to do my very best to make it a memorable piece of work. As a result, please be advised that, though I intend to keep up with this website with reasonable frequency, my ability to view, like, and comment on the posts of those of you whom I follow may well be severely restricted in the interim. So please have patience, bear with me, and watch for my return, with renewed passion, in late July!

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About krikitarts

Welcome to Krikit Arts! I'm a veterinarian; photographer; finger-style guitarist, composer, instructor, and singer/songwriter; fisherman; and fly-tyer. Please enjoy--and please respect my full rights to all photos on this Website!
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11 Responses to Webnesday (14) and wait for me!

  1. lauramacky says:

    After viewing a view fellow bloggers’ insect photos, I guess maybe I’m getting just “a bit” more used to seeing them, but jumping spiders? EEEEK!!!! I quickly looked again at your image and then looked away just as quickly….I think it’s nice. lol I loved your story though! Good luck with your family reunion project! That would be quite an undertaking. What do you charge? ;)

  2. Very handsome! Great detail – what macro are you using? Good luck with your project – though I’m sure you don’t need it :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Luck–or something closely akin to it–certainly plays a part, but I’ve done a few of these before, and I always look forward to approaching the new one with the added benefit of what I’ve learned since I did the last one. Always an adventure!

  3. Mark says:

    Do you know you can feed a JS and it will get to know you as a source of nourishment. 2 – 3 years life expectancy in some cases so plenty of time to become acquainted.

    • krikitarts says:

      That’s a very exciting prospect, indeed. I have hopes for a return appearance of a wonderful Phidippus audax (or one of her offspring) whose acquaintance I made last spring. I was surprised she was already as large as she was, but I learned that they frequently overwinter–even here, where the temp drops way below freezing. Ants come to mind for feeding; any other suggestions?

  4. Meanderer says:

    I also love the spider featured in your header image; makes me smile.

    • krikitarts says:

      Whenever I look at this image, I get the impression that she (I’m not sure about that, but she feels like a she) was, indeed, smiling or, at least, enjoying all of the intimate attention that I was paying to her–which, after all, amounts to the same thing. Spider smile? Why not?

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