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.