Monday, May 16, 2022

Gesticulating madly

I'd never have seen her if she hadn't been dangling an inch from my nose. I was peering through a chain-link fence when a tiny crab spider rappelled down on her silk from the top bar, and hung there, gesticulating madly at me.

I wasted a few seconds arguing with the camera; "No, not the tree! Not the rocks! The spider, you goof, the spider!" And then she dropped away.

"Hello there!"




Total time elapsed: 5 seconds. Then I got out the other camera, set it to Macro, and went looking for her. But she was hiding on the far side of the fence by the time I got there.

Rear view.

Oh, well.

Cropped 'way down. I see four eyes. And her silk thread.

No la hubiera visto si ella no se hubiera colgado unos pocos centímetros en frente de mis ojos. Estaba tratando de mirar através de una cerca de alambre cuando esta arañita cangrejo descendió en su hilito de seda y se detuvo ante mis ojos, bailando en el aire.

Perdí unos segundos tratando de convencer a la cámara a mirar la araña; —¡Olvida los árboles! ¡Tampoco quiero rocas! ¿Estás ciega? ¡La araña, la araña! — Y por fin la vió. Y la araña se fue.

4 fotos: la arañita en su telaraña. Tiempo total: 5 segundos.

Saqué la otra cámara, y la ajusté para sacar fotos de cerca, y fui a buscar la araña otra vez. Pero cuando la hallé, estaba escondida tras el alambre. (Quinta foto.)

Foto # 6; haciendo zoom en la primera foto. Veo cuatro ojos, y su telaraña.

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