Monday, December 19, 2005

Snow Spider

A beautiful weekend, not too cold, not too warm--and lots of snow. My weekend visitor and I got out on the snowshoes--and he spotted this critter on an untouched expanse of snow way out in the open, far from tree or shrub.

The spider was moving when we first came up to it--but soon stopped. How did it get there? It appeared before we were close enough to have dropped it out of our clothes (yes, there might always be a spider hitchhiking on someone coming out of this house). I think it was too cold for it to have walked from a hibernation spot. Perhaps dropped there by a bird who had dug it out of a crevice somewhere?


Anonymous said...

or left by a weasel?

saurav said...

looks eerie...

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Spiders do something called ballooning. They climb up to a high spot & spin out some loose silk, which the wind catches & carries away along with the spider at the other hand. But the one in your photograph may have been too big for wind transport.

Here is a suggestion about your snow photographs. When taking pictures with lots of snow in the background, cameras tend to underexpose, because the snow reflects so much light. As a result, objects in the foreground end up too dark. So to compensate for that try to overexpose a little bit (1 or 2 steps). (You may have to set the camera to manual exposure to do that.)

Dave Dorsey said...

We got our temperatures back. Send some snow.