A heavy downpour had passed through during the afternoon of an otherwise dry day
of photography - enough to shelter under a tree and put the camera away,
assuming the end of the shoot - but, after the rain stopped the clouds
also cleared, and it wasn't long before the sun was shining again. A short
while later I encounter these deer. Having no desire to spook them (nor
experience their antlers), the telephoto goes on and I get a bunch of shots.
The first white spider I've seen, this unidentified arachnid is a crab spider, a member of the
Thomisidae family. It may be a Misumena vatia - despite having being found out-of-season in late
October, and lacking the markings common to that species. It appears that other species of
Misumena and related genera (Misumenoides, Misumessus and Mecaphesa) are limited to other
parts of the world, and not being an arachnologist I can't be sure what to call it.
I noticed the curious critter seeming to imitate a flower as it swung from a web attached to my arm.
I don't know how it arrived there in the first place, but when - upon being lowered to the
ground - it chose not to immediately skitter away, I took this as a request to be photographed.
I hope for my next encounter to have a proper macro lens, enabling better quality images.
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Photographs frequently use differential focus and sharpness to communicate their
subject, but this was an exercise in not doing so.
The images were selected from a shortlist of about three dozen,
each deliberately unfocused at time of shooting (because it's not about
any individual tree, branch or leaf), with minimal processing
performed, reducing distractions, but not removing flaws,
because nature isn't perfect.