Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mr. X: The Big, Fat, Ugly Spider in the Garden

I am back! After being busy for a whole month, I finally found some time to blog again. And my comeback blog isn't about the nice creatures you find in your garden either.

For some time now, I have been looking for this spider. The name of this spider is the Black and Yellow Garden Spider or Mr. X as we fondly call it because it forms an X with its legs. I grew up knowing that this is the sort of spider you'd stay away from because of its bright yellow markings which often indicate that it’s poisonous. Whenever the neighborhood kids decide to venture into the grassy fields, we always kept an eye out for this spider and stayed clear of it. But after some research, I found out that a bite from this spider is actually harmless.

And for me, it was quite fun to take shots of this creature. It sort of got me scared a bit because since I was a kid, we feared this spider. Who wouldn't cringe at the sight of a six inch spider? If that doesn't get you scared, then try looking at it from the viewfinder of a camera with a 300mm macro lens attached; that will surely make your hair stand on end. But I do wish to take more shots of the not-so-nice creatures of the garden; there is something interesting about these creatures that strike fear into the hearts of little kids.

Mr. X

Mr. X2