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European cross spider

European cross spider
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Copyright: Nel Diepstraten (NellyD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 362 W: 0 N: 697] (2745)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-26
Camera: Canon 350 D
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-02 3:35
Viewed: 1957
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This cross spider was sitting in it's web outside of my kitchenwindow. I made this picture from the inside.
I'm glad I've had such clean windows, so I could make a clear shot of this creepy crawler :-)

From wikipedia:

The European garden spider (Araneus diadematus, cross spider) is a very common and well-known orb-weaver spider in Western Europe. Araneus diadematus also lives in parts of North America, in a range extending from New England and the Southeast to the Northwestern United States and adjacent parts of Canada.

Individual spiders' colouring can range from extremely light yellow to very dark gray, but all European garden spiders have mottled markings across the back with five or more large white dots forming a cross. The white dots result from cells that are filled with guanine, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism.

Garden spiders have been known to stridulate when threatened.

It is hard to provoke a garden spider to bite - if it does, the bite is slightly unpleasant, though utterly harmless to humans.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-11-02 4:22]

Hola Nel,
preciosa macro,
buenos detalles y foco excelente,
bg y tonos magníficos,

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  • Ruut Gold Star Critiquer [C: 254 W: 8 N: 33] (1277)
  • [2007-11-02 4:37]

Hallo Nel,
Mooie focus bij dit macroshot. Achtergrond is mooi vaag, waardoor alle aandacht gericht wordt op je onderwerp.
Goed gedaan.

Hi Nel,
Wonderful spider shot.
Powerful and mysterious.
Sharp and detailed photo.
Selahattin E

Darn!! This looks goooooooood!!! Not creepy at all; just beautiful...

hi nel!
beautiful spider photo, great sharpness and DOF.
i like it.

Hello Nel,

A super shot of this spider! Excellent details of the spider and its web!
I like the way you have matched the frame to the subject!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Nel,
Ik heb geoefend achter mijn camera en ineens begin ik (iets) te wennen aan spinnen. Nog niet zo lang geleden kreeg ik al kippevel van een foto!
Dus kan ik nu zijn web bewonderen en jouw mooi DOF en de spin zelf.
Goede opname!

Hello Nel!
Very nice shot!
Good perspective!
I willl show you my version in WS. I hope you like it!
Best regards!

Hi Nel, superb spider with splendid details, great colors and excellent sharpness, lovely composition with beutiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

wow, Nel..

where did u find tis frame? well matched with the spidey legs.. i like it.. beautiful shot.. love ur compo and detail :))

Happy WE

tfs and regards, terry

Hello Nel,

Nicely captured spider in the web.
Sharp and well composed. TFS


  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-08 6:28]

Very good shot and with the nice border around, a Perfect looking picture.
Cheers from Jan

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-11-08 11:16]

Hi Nel

Lovely sharp focused image of this spider. Great POV. Excellent DOF and a good captured of the web



Hi Nel,
Beautiful macro, excellent capture of the spider and the net. Nice frame, too. I bookmark this photo as one of my faves. Congrats and tfs, regards from Hungary, László

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