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S for Spider

long legged spider in web

Creepy but compelling!

This is a St Andrew’s Cross spider, so-named because of the bright zig-zag ‘decorations’ that can form a full or partial cross on the web. (This spider has so far managed only one arm of the cross.) I came across it while walking along Cremorne Point on Sydney’s north shore. The colours and patterns of the markings are beautiful, even in black and white. The feature photo at top is the same spider but seen from below, and looking very monster-ish with this treatment — but don’t worry, the bite of a St Andrew’s Cross spider is not toxic to humans, and they are not aggressive.

Cee’s black and white photo challenge this week is anything that begins with an S.

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B&W 5 Day Challenge: Day 1 – Spiders in Sneakers

Spiders in Sneakers: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014

Spiders in Sneakers: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014

I’ve opted for some whimsy for my first entry in the Black and White 5 Day Challenge. These little guys look like they’ve escaped from a 1950s’ B movie, perhaps called Attack of the Spiders in Sneakers!! To see a zoom of a spider’s face, click here.

Jude of Travel Words (and other sites, all well worth a visit) has honoured me by inviting me to join in with this challenge.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

  1. On five consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
  2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun. This is where it gets tricky for me, as I don’t feel that I know five other bloggers well enough to invite them. So I’m going to twist Rule 2 and make it an open invitation — if you would like to join in, please do!

(Six legs, antennae — okay, these are probably ants, not spiders. But “Ants in Sneakers” isn’t a very catchy title.)

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