Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Overlooked

Almost Overlooked
Almost Overlooked, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

hidden yet unconcealed
overlooked in plain view

This is a photo of a little crab spider camouflaging itself on a dried maple seed pod (or a “ballet slipper” as I call it).  This seed pod was only about 1.5 inches long (~4 cm).  At first I did not notice the spider, and my intent was to get some macro shots of the web of veins running through the seed pod.  I had recently gotten a new macro lens and was anxious to start learning how to use it.  Only when I got closer and picked it up did I noticed this little creature clinging to it.  So I decided to make it part of my photography subject.  During the whole photo session, it cooperated nicely, and held perfectly still for the camera.  I only wish I had a tripod at the time to hold the camera just as still.

Crab Spiders usually have short, wide, flat bodies with the first two pairs of legs being longer than the back legs.  They are typically colored to match their habitat, and some can even gradually change to match the color of the flowers on which they are hiding.  Crab spiders ambush their prey, sometimes holding still and relying on their camouflage to keep them from being seen by their prey.  Also, their main defense is this ability to camouflage and they will hide or drop away from predators if they can.

This image is for the Wild Weekly Photo Challenge theme of “Overlooked.”  The great outdoors is filled with things that are often overlooked by most people. People these days spend so much time hurrying through life, tied to their cell phones, that they often forget to look around and see the overlooked things in nature that make our world so special.”  This is a reminder that there is beauty everywhere — sometimes you just need to do a little searching for it.

This is also for the “Tagged” letter challenge (letter “O”) by Frizztext.

25 responses to “Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Overlooked

  1. Great choice .. fantastic photo …. and I quite like spiders. Nature is truly amazing – this with animals changing colors and pattern depending on the background. Amazing world.

  2. Nice shot. You did well to capture this small spider. I rarely seem to see insects when I’m outdoors. I guess I would see more if I got down lower or lived out in the country.

    Still at least I live near gardens & parks.

  3. This photo is brilliant! When I first saw it I thought it was a shoe! And then I saw your reference to a”ballet slipper”!!

    There is a quote I love by Walter Hagen “Don’t hurry, don’t worry and don’t forget to smell the flowers along the way” 🙂

  4. What a wonderful discovery! And even though I don’t like spiders I still find myself drawn to all the amazing details in this picture, especially since I know the whole thing was probably so small, most people wouldn’t have seen it. Thanks for your visit to my blog! Yours looks wonderful.

  5. Amazing shot Fergi! I find spiders absolutely fascinating.. you have really captured the essence of this little crab variety, here in your wonderful post!
    Hope you are well dear one ~ x Much Love, RL

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