Portraits of Wildflowers

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A bespidered bush sunflower head

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Spider on Green Bush Sunflower Head 2516

Do you remember the bush sunflower, Simsia calva, that you saw from June 13th along Great Northern Blvd.? During that session, while photographing a still-green bush sunflower head in front of a fully open one, I noticed that the one in the foreground was serving as home to a small spider. (Did you know that spider means essentially ‘spinner’?)

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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  1. What sharp eyes you have!

    Gallivanta

    July 12, 2014 at 6:21 AM

  2. Nice!

    anomadlife

    July 12, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    • Thank you. (I’m sorry for the late reply but WordPress mistakenly put your comment and one other in the spam folder.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

  3. I wonder if the spider felt beleaguered by your presence? Perhaps it was more interested in monitoring all that silk, which surely betokened a good meal later in the day.

    shoreacres

    July 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    • I’ve noticed that most spiders I encounter on a flower head will stay on it as I move in close for pictures. If they’re bothered enough they move to a different part of the flower head, but I find it rare that one will jump off and try to get away. I don’t know how many of the ones that bail out eventually come back after I’ve left. I imagine arachnologists have studied that kind of thing, but I’ve never tried to find any studies along those lines.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 12, 2014 at 10:18 AM

  4. It’s always interesting to see where the spiders lay in wait and the different webs they conceive. The wet meadow I visited this morning had many…orbs and sheet. Some roll leaves to hide in overnight. Cool stuff.

    Steve Gingold

    July 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    • I often find a spider staking out a composite flower head, whether camouflaged against it or not. I hope you got some good pictures of webs in the wet meadow this morning. That’s another advantage you have in going out at or before the crack of dawn: the early bird gets the wet web.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      • Sorry to disappoint, Steve. Despite their numbers I did not shoot webs today. Hopefully, what I did shoot will make up for it.

        Steve Gingold

        July 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

  5. Incredible

    sedge808

    July 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    • Thank you. (I’m sorry for the late reply but WordPress mistakenly put your comment in the spam folder.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

  6. A delightful crunchy bunchy feel to this image!

    composerinthegarden

    July 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    • I don’t think you’ll be surprised to hear that you’re the first person ever to describe one of my photographs as having a delightful crunch bunchy feeling. The picture and the sunflower and I thank you for your novel description.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 13, 2014 at 10:50 AM


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