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A spider on a spiderwort

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Small Spider on Spiderwort 8959A

In a comment about yesterday’s photograph of a katydid nymph on a spiderwort (Tradescantia spp.), Cindy Dyer wrote: “I actually photographed [a spider] on a spiderwort a few years ago. Now that was serendipitous!” Let me add that another piece of good luck, and a well deserved one, came Cindy’s way when four of her photographs of water lilies were chosen to appear on U.S. postage stamps. Those stamps went on sale last month:


Cindy’s comment about a spider on a spiderwort got me to wondering whether I’d ever had that serendipity as well, so I searched my archive and discovered that I had. It was on March 27, 2007, at McKinney Falls State Park, and the picture you see here is one of four that I managed to get of the spider. Notice also the subtle, fingerprint-like ridges in the petals of the flower.

Now if in addition to a spider on a spiderwort I could bring you a photograph of a damsel on a damselfly, I’d really have something.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 6, 2015 at 5:20 AM

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  1. I’ve seen a few different insects on spiderworts, but never a spider. Lucky you.

    Now I’m off to check out Cindy’s blog.

    Steve Gingold

    April 6, 2015 at 5:25 AM

    • No doubt by now you’ve found out she’s an excellent photographer.

      I was lucky with the spider on a spiderwort but I’m still waiting for the damsel on a damselfly.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 6, 2015 at 8:04 AM

      • I think for that damsel on a damselfly, you’ll have to use Photoshop in a whole new way and make it happen yourself 🙂



        April 6, 2015 at 2:58 PM

        • That sounds like a lot of work. I think it would be easier to photograph a damselfly on a damsel; no Photoshop tricks are required for that, just a cooperative damsel and damselfly.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 6, 2015 at 4:58 PM

          • I think I have one of those on film (not digitally)!


            April 7, 2015 at 11:05 AM

            • Have you posted it on your blog?

              Steve Schwartzman

              April 7, 2015 at 9:19 PM

              • It’s not one that I scanned. It happened years ago when we were in the UP (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula). I was trying to write in my journal and two of them landed on my hand. I thought my husband snapped a picture of it, but I’d have to dig them out to be sure. I know he got me at Lake in the Clouds, also writing in my journal 🙂

                I posted about the day, but the picture was from the walk itself.



                April 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM

                • If you ever find a picture of those damselflies on your hand, it would make for a good post. In the meantime, it lives on for you in memory.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  April 9, 2015 at 1:28 PM

  2. Superb!


    April 6, 2015 at 6:24 AM

  3. I love this! And the color is spectacular!


    April 6, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    • Yes, purple is a rich color. Yesterday I looked through a window on one side of my house at the little cluster of spiderwort plants growing there and counted about two dozen flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 6, 2015 at 8:09 AM

  4. wow !! special !


    April 6, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    • It was special, and if I can play etymologist I’ll add that the word special originally meant ‘having to do with a certain species, i.e. with a certain kind of thing.’

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM

  5. Congrats to Cindy! That is quite an achievement.


    April 6, 2015 at 2:45 PM

  6. Great find. Love the way the spider is coming into the image.

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 6, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    • You’ve reminded me of the poem by Mary Howitt that begins:

      “Will you walk into my parlor?”
      Said the Spider to the Fly;

      In this case the spider came into my photo parlor.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 6, 2015 at 4:47 PM

  7. Superb!


    April 6, 2015 at 9:01 PM

  8. Wonderful! And I’ll be watching for future entries to the damsel fly contest 😉

    Birder's Journey

    April 7, 2015 at 6:04 AM

  9. Reblogged this on Effervescent Francois! and commented:


    April 7, 2015 at 11:35 PM

  10. Amazing – great photo – again!


    April 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    • A viewer’s comment caused me to go back into my archive and resurrect this photograph from eight years ago that I’d forgotten about.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2015 at 4:02 PM

  11. I love the idea of a damsel on a damselfly, and you’ve already taken a good poke at pokeweed…this opens up new worlds of possibility!


    April 9, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    • Good of you to remember the poke at pokeweed. In New Zealand I saw a bellbird but never a bell on one, although we can imagine the possibility.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2015 at 3:11 AM

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