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Backlighting, translucence, and iridescence

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Spider in Web on Square-Bud Primrose Plant 2268

While some recent posts have talked about backlighting, translucence, and iridescence, here you get all three at the same time. If you want a closer look at the spider that’s responsible—and you deserve a juicy spider after the non-spider picture of downy gaura looped by a spider—click the icon below.

Spider in Web on Square-Bud Primrose Plant 2268 Detail


Like the last couple of photographs, I took this one on August 8th near where Old Spicewood Springs Rd. crosses Bull Creek. Oh, by the way, the plant is a square-bud primrose, Calylophus berlandieri (or Oenothera capillifolia subsp. berlandieri in the new system).

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman


I’m out of town for a while. Of course you’re welcome to leave comments, but please understand if it takes me longer than usual to respond.


Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 1, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Posted in nature photography

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  1. It’s a magnificent shot 🙂 I have to read the meanings and usage of those techniques but what I see is great timing, great angle, diligent effort from the Spider to be picturesque and splendid outcome… 😀


    October 1, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    • Timing can be everything when it comes to pictures of animals, and I was lucky to get to photograph this spider when it was in a good position with the light behind it. For each successful picture there are many failed attempts, the ones that got away, as people say.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 1, 2014 at 8:03 AM

  2. What a fantastic shot, what I like about this specific image is the density of the spiderweb, doesn’t looks like a normal, regular web and that is fascinating to me! On the other hand I commend you for your patience to get the right frame where you can present us with a perfectly executed magnificent image!


    October 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    • This kind of small but dense web isn’t the archetype that most people think of as a spiderweb, but I see constructions of this sort fairly often, so perhaps we need to expand our archetypes. In any case, thanks for appreciating the effort I made to get this picture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

  3. Indeed~ a wonderful shot. Coincidentally, I am going to a talk on Monday about spiders. As my property has been sprouting trees in recent years, so too has it been sprouting spiders and I would like to know what all I’m encountering.


    October 2, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    • For your sake, given the sprouting you’ve reported, I hope you lean more toward arachnophilia than arachnophobia.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

  4. Superb find. I’m not sure how I missed this one; thanks for the reminder. Spiders do the most amazing things for web-building. Every day, I have to walk around a web spun — about 6-foot diameter — in the same place on my front walk. In the early morning hours, I *really* have to watch that I don’t get a crab spider and sticky stringy surprise in my face (as I’m walking out there as I’m having coffee, and not after). Seriously big web, for a seriously LITTLE guy. Maybe he has high hopes for a big catch…or maybe he just likes messing with me.


    October 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    • Have you been able to get any pictures of that recurring web?

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 13, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      • I’m just not even sure how to capture it in an image! It’s a REALLY big web, for being so minute. I’m afraid if I get a macro image, the perspective would get lost. I should work on it. I’ll consider it a challenge.


        October 13, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        • Just try a bunch of things and see if one of them works. If you go out on a misty morning you may get the classic image of droplets outlining the web.

          Steve Schwartzman

          October 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

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