Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Return of the Black Widow

I don't want to freak you guys out [again] but the black widow spider has reentered my life.  Not the same body but perhaps the same spirit as her offspring.  I don't know why I'm so drawn to these beautiful creatures.  But I'm not questioning it either.  [I'm thinking I should add Charlotte's Web to my Netflix queue.  A lot of you predicted this.]

I had gone outside the other day, to see if I could get a good view of a black widow in a corner where I noticed a web a few weeks before.  I've only been able to see legs - definitely black widow legs.  But that one has never made herself fully visible to me.  I thought to myself, I should come back tonight to see if she's out in her web and try to get her photo.

As I walked back inside, my eyes were drawn to a bare corner near the floor.  Again, unmistakable, in full view, was this smaller black widow, hanging upside down in the middle of her web, strong and sturdy.



It was getting to be dusk so there wasn't much natural light.  I took about five or six different photos of her, each time getting closer and closer.  The setup/focus and flash were blinding.  She never moved.

Since seeing the first black widow, I've been having a lot of spider dreams.  Most of them are harmless, mystical, magical creatures.  But a few have been a little freaky and scary.  The spiders are all different sizes.  Some with fangs. Some with claws. Some with thick hair.  But every single dream-spider has been a black widow.

24 comments:

brewerm593 said...

I dislike spiders. I remember when I was 5 years old and my dad was taring down the shed in our backyard when we lived in Hereford, Texas. While he was taring it apart and fell to the ground. We saw two black widows. I never saw 2 together. And that was the last time I saw them. Good job on the journal entry, Bye!
^_^

babyshark28 said...

ooooo scary.

you should have some kind of zoom on your camera, so you don't have to get tooo close. :P

she is beautiful.  strong.  artistic <--you have to be to make a web!  and dangerous to the opposite sex.  LOL.  so true.  thanks for sharing this little gem. :)

diannevan said...

::shiver::  When you first mentioned the black widow, I thought "yeah, right.  It's just a spider."  But nope, definite widow material  I've never, ever seen one of these in real life and I'm mildly freaked out by it.  You amaze me!

geminiwilder said...

hmmm spider dreams....i know you said you're not a LOTR fan, however, we bought The Return Of The King yesterday, watched it last night, and there was a spider the size of a wooly mammoth attacking poor little Frodo!  EEEEk.  Gives me the shudders.

enjoy your new little friends.   xo phinney

chattiekimmie said...

This actually makes me smile big time.  It was during the stories of the first spider I got hooked on your journal.  Hope you have a great day!

krobbie67 said...

I think you need Arachniphobia instead of Charlotte's Web. That spider in Charlotte's Web is too darn nice. It perpetrated a myth. Spiders aren't nice. They're creepy, crawly, and scary. ;-) ---Robbie

freeepeace said...

PHINNEY - I didn't see that scene [as you know] but I did see the spider scene in Harry Potter - tons of mean spiders bigger than the car.

KIMMIE - I'm so glad you can appreciate the beauty in these stories. :)

ROBBIE - I've seen Arachniphobia a couple of times.  Pretty cool movie.  I did it to get over my fear of spiders.  I used to be terrified.  Now I just try to understand and appreciate them.  I still get creeped out once in a while.

freeepeace said...

BREWERM - I've never seen one in real life until a few months ago.  They're beautiful.  And they're non-aggressive. They're also not deadly to humans - poisonous yes, but rarely deadly.

SHARKY - I do have a zoom on my cam but it always seems to create blury pics.  Still working on that.  I took this pic at the highest mp levels and macro settings - then cropped it.  That's all I know so far.  I love that you use 'scary' and 'gem' in the same comment.  That's how powerful they are.  That's how I felt when I met the first one.

DIANNE - I can understand that.  There's a part of me that's [as you say] 'mildly freaked out by it.'  But I'm also in awe.

lucylouladybug said...

I'm not surprised "she" came back.  I have a lot of spiders here, little fuzzy brown ones, I leave them alone, I think it's bad luck to kill them.  Dallis gets freaked by them, I just brush them on a piece of paper and put them outside.  But just because I don't kill them doesn't mean I'm gonna play with them, they bite!  Even the non poisonous ones can give a nasty bite and reaction, that I know from experience, major swelling and pain.

Love, Penny

ckays1967 said...

Happy Birthday to you spider dreamer!!!!

deabvt said...

Your spider`s a  "Dream  Weaver'  LOL
V

derossetfamily said...

Ok, ya didnt need to get all descriptive in the end there. :::eeerrruuuagghhhhh::: I do understand the feelings evoked, I just dont share them when it comes to big black spiders. When I see them around the house, I get all tunnel vision-y and start having a panic attack, then I have to change my clothes...it's just bad. But I'm happy for you. And now I have to go. :P
~Mary

derossetfamily said...

PS- Happy birthday! :D
~Mary

indigosunmoon said...

Definitely Freaky Trish!

ondinemonet said...

Hi Trish
            Those spiders are such interesting creatures. I don't think I could make friends tho...LOL. I have this wonderful mental image of you walking the dogs AND the spider on a teeny, tiny, wee leash! Tee Hee! Love, Carly :)

ann7inflorida said...

Hi, This is my first time here- GREAT JOURNAL-. The Black Widow photo is very cool. All though my first reaction was...."GET A BIG SHOE or atleast RAID" but I can tell from reading some of your entries that you are way to nice to "off" the spider. : )

irun01 said...

Awesome picture Rock Star.  You and that black widow seem to have a real connection . . . interesting.

screaminremo303 said...

Nasty, vile creatures of pain and agony. If you'd ever been bitten by one it would be dead by now. Kill the bitch.

miarenee24 said...

You're the only person I know, too kind to kill a spider. Please,  do be careful around it though. They can be deadly. That said...Great shot! It is a beauty, but when I saw the picture,  the first thing I did was put both feet in my chair...just in case. :) Love you! Glad you're having fun with your camera!

sepintx said...

Now that's a Lady!
You can really make out her hour glass and her legs are devine. I like the flash as it makes a shadow. Nice shot!

quroboros said...

Ooh, I don't believe it- another spider fan!  I love spiders and find them fascinating creatures.  Did you not they're not true insects, have a rudimentary brain and can actually learn from experience?  I never kill spiders when I find them in my home.. do the capture & release thing.  The more spiders you have around, the fewer really annoying, pesky bugs there will be.  Kudos to you, brave, enlightened Friend to Nature!  ¤Holly

billbinford54 said...

All the men in your life should be warned of this fixation!

musenla said...

They are beautiful creatures, but I think I'll faint before I get that close.  You're brave, Freee.

slowmotionlife said...

::shiver::  I get your love of these creatures. But I'm just thinking you got WAY too close for this picture. LOL  Don't they jump???  ::shudder::