A colorfully ornate spider
Today’s handsome subject is Neoscona oaxacensis, known as a spotted orbweaver. This spider had spun its web on some Salvia greggii plants, and the bit of background color in the lower right of the portrait came from a few of the flowers on those sages. The date was July 10th and the location was the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 2, and especially 12 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph. Note how that last technique also enhanced the spider’s web by making it sparkly.
© 2014 Steven Schwartzman