Yesterday I took a nice walk on one of the fire lanes at Chassahowitzka WMA. I stumbled upon something I happily connected with about a post I wrote a few weeks back. 

My most recent post was about always having two cameras on me whenever I took a walk, but I didn’t follow my own suggestion. I should have brought my other camera with me, the one I have my 400mm lens on, but I thought I wasn’t going to walk very far. I was focusing on plants, and with the light rain, I didn’t want to be weighed down by carrying two cameras. But sure enough, an excellent opportunity to photograph an Eastern Towhee perfectly perched on a shrub with a beautiful background less than 50 feet from me, ugh! Luckily, I was out in the woods where no human could hear me yell at myself.

Eastern Towhee perched on a branch. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Anyway, not all was lost. The post I was referring to is about a spider, the Florida Wolf spider. 

The  Sosippus floridanus construct sheet webs and tubular retreats. Even though their webbing construction begins closer to ground level, they start with a varied constructed sheet layer leading to the tubular portion. They develop the web sheets around a higher elevated object, which could be fallen vegetation and branches, grasses, etcetera. Then the spider forms the tube-like web. It’s somewhat like looking down the center of a tornado.

Because of all that research I did about that particular spider, I was able to recognize its web construction and take a closer look.

It’s pretty cool when you start with a photo and learn about what you photographed. After a while, you tend to become more observant of things relating to that photograph, especially if you stumble upon it during a nature photo walk. You begin to connect all the photos with what you learned, which I feel opens you up to a whole new way to photograph nature.

Be safe in your travels

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