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Lady Isabella F A Shores

1 Year Ago

The Scariest Most Horrible Photo I Have Ever Taken

I have arachnophobia....well not as much now as I have tried to stop it by reading up about them and, by taking photos like this

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek

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Within an hour of taking this, they were all weaving their own webs away from the mother ship :)

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JC Findley

1 Year Ago

But they are SO cute and cuddly....

Edit, speaking of cuddly and phobias,

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Roseann Caputo

1 Year Ago

As long as they are outside I'm find with them.

JC - I'm just shaking my head, dude.

 

Andee Design

1 Year Ago

I hope they are not poisonous! Fascinating tho!

 

Andee Design

1 Year Ago

The snake is very pretty! And kinda cute I must say. Like one from Disney. Hiss....hiss....

 

JC I am so NOT scared of snakes or reptiles. I adore them. ..... Robin however will not allow me to have one in the home

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

Interesting read on spiders here:

here

It says:

Myth: Some spiders are poisonous and others are not.

Fact: There are two problems with this idea: a technicality, and a set of false assumptions. First, the technicality. "Poisonous" and "venomous" are two different things. Offhand, I can't think of any spider that is poisonous (harmful to eat, breathe or touch). Mushrooms are sometimes poisonous, but spiders are not; they are venomous (their toxins are proteins and work by being injected, not by being eaten).

Second, we have a set of false assumptions about spider venoms. Almost all spiders are venomous; only two small families lack venom glands. The purpose of spider venom is to subdue the spider's prey, almost always insects. In brief, it's an insecticide. Spider venom does not exist to harm creatures, like humans, which are too large for spiders to eat, and in nearly all cases has little if any effect on humans.

A minority of spider species have venom that can cause localized pain in humans, like the venom of bees or wasps. (Bees and wasps are far more dangerous than spiders, however; wasps cause many deaths annually). Of around 50,000 spider species known, only about 25 (1/20 of 1%) have venom capable of causing illness in humans, to a greater or lesser extent. In any given locality you can expect to find from zero to (at most) three such species. These species are called "medically significant" spiders.

 

Cynthia Decker

1 Year Ago

My thoughts on Spiders:

Outside? Fine.
Inside? Free trip to outside.
On me? You die, buddy.

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

Actually, spiders are the only phobia I have. I cannot touch them but I will still move them outside the house rather than kill them so long as they are not one of the "medically significant" spiders mentioned above or shown here.

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And Abbie, taking pics like that is a GREAT way to get over the phobia or at least control it.

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

Oh, and I LOVE reptiles, especially the variety that can kill me. Much like that happy green one can.

 

LOL Cynthia

 

Yes, I am trying to get more photos now I know where they are

I have an allergy to bee stings. I was out in the garden working today (love working online as I can get a tan and work at the same time) and I suddenly spotted we have a hive in an area right where I was sitting. It used to have a tree which was pulled and nothing will grow there. Bees were coming in and out very industrious. I am SO pleased as many of our honey bees died off this last winter :(

But I have my own hive full :D

 

Michael Hoard

1 Year Ago

Gosh, I would not have gotten so close to all those thousands of spiders, I screamed when I almost rant into this one. There was a story years back true story about students in science class had a spider in an aquarium and of course the egg pouch hatched hundreds of tiny spiders, alot of the students took ill I am not sure but I think it was a black widow. and there were hundreds and while the students were in class the baby spiders made a break for it and alot of the students in the class took ill from the spider bites. Because the spiders were so tiny, there bites were not lethal


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Carmen Hathaway

1 Year Ago

LOVE LOVE LOVE this of the baby spiders....! Did I mention I LOVE this? Spiders are a fascination with me -- I adore them :) Great capture!

This sweetie came visiting us last fall...

Snakes are amazing, also....

 

*screams and runs out of the thread*

 

Rachel Barrett

1 Year Ago

I second with Abbie Shores.

 

Phyllis Wolf

1 Year Ago

Ewwwwwwww! Never have liked spiders. I got over my phobia of them years ago by holding a taranchula but I still don't like them.
Snakes have never freaked me out, though. When my sons were younger they had a pet rat snake and a boa.

Every year where I live there is a big festival.....they bill it as the biggest rattlesnake roundup in the world.

Here are a couple of my shots from this years fest....

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There are thousands of them rounded up for the festival....

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Michael Hoard

1 Year Ago

I am running out also carmen that looks like a monster......run for the hills.

 

Phyllis, they are awesome!

 

Carmen Hathaway

1 Year Ago

Common house spider is all it is :) Great snake images Phyllis -- had a pet boa once upon a time...Gary Glitter so named as his belly scales were gorgeous in their iridescence...

Is this the same festival Phyllis, that finally outlawed that horrid practise of sewing the snakes' mouth shut so festival 'partyers' could pose with them? No food, no water -- just cruelty in the guise of a 'festival'.

 

Roy Erickson

1 Year Ago

I'm not really 'fond' of snakes or spiders - but - they are "horrible". Last year we had a beautiful orb weaver that was huge living at the side of our front entrance. He was marvelous at catching mosquitoes. He/she lived there for months.

 

Phyllis, we have no spiders like that in our houses here, thankfully

Carmen, that is AWFUL!

 

Carmen Hathaway

1 Year Ago

It is, Abbie -- and looks like that's the 'festival' all right enough :(

One of them, anyway...Sweetwater Festival


Prefer going back to enjoying your capture.... Art Prints

 

Phyllis Wolf

1 Year Ago

You aren't going to like this, Abbie....but they kill and skin all the rattlers they collect for the fest. I won't show some other photos I took of that part. I didn't like it either but I understand why it's done. The numbers get out of control and they kill horses and cattle...plus the threat to people when they invade homes. It would be nice if nature was just left to take it's course but where there are people...sometimes culling the population needs to be done when the numbers grow too large.



@ Carmen
No, I've not seen them sew their mouths shut. I posed with one draped around my shoulders. The handler just held it's head tight. Like I said...I don't like the whole idea of the festival myself...but I'm not a native Texan and it's what goes on here...has for years.

 

Carmen Hathaway

1 Year Ago

The last of this I'm mentioning as I'm enjoying Abbie's and other spider pix too much.

It was at this festival as it turns out -- who knows which others do this also.



 

Phyllis Wolf

1 Year Ago

Yea, I'm trying not to say too much about it...the debate could get political....but I'll just say, I know how you feel. I'm a nature lover too.
Back to spiders now?? Ugh! I'm not looking ok,ok...that part of nature I can't say I love...don't hate them, they have a purpose...but don't love spiders! lol! ; )

 

I am getting quite protective over my babies now LOL

 

Carmen Hathaway

1 Year Ago

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Not calling you granny, Abbie -- this is a piece I made long ago in honour of a beauty I watched for hours one night and learned much from about precision, infinite patience, and peristence....

Emma (whose eyes you admired in another image of mine...adored spiders also...studied them, just as I do :)

 

Angelina Vick

1 Year Ago

spiders...ew

 

Carmen Hathaway

1 Year Ago

Just think of how horrid we look to them LOL Only TWO eyes? Freakish..... ;)

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

I HATE rattlesnake roundups and that is all I will say without getting political.

IF you want to read about why, More info here

 

Ann Powell

1 Year Ago

Unfortunately fiddle back aka brown recluse spiders are very numerous where I live. I have not know of them to kill anyone, but I have know people who ended up in the hospital form a single bite. They kill the flesh where they bite site is, and make a big hole that is difficult to heal. They really scare me, and I think every brown spider I see is one of them because I am not good at telling them apart! Phylis, I would think you have them in TX too. Maybe you are lucky and they don't live there......

 

Chuck Staley

1 Year Ago

@ Ann, you described the bite I had on my cheek, except it was a bump first. Took many months to go away and people I met for the first time after the bite were surprised when suddenly the bump was gone and there was a hole. Happily, that went away over time.

 

Ann Powell

1 Year Ago

Glad it healed up for you , I have know of people who ended up with a permanent big indentation from fiddle back bites!

 

Pamela Cooper

1 Year Ago

For Abbie, to help with your phobia... :) :) :)

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And to make up for it...

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You can go off people you know.....lol

 

Janice Drew

1 Year Ago

Eeeeeeeeeeeeewwww!!!! GROSS!

 

Rosemary Williams

1 Year Ago

I don't have the photos posted here, but a friend and I photographed 4 copperheads in one area in the Smoky Mountains while they moved in and out of the sun. The one eastern diamondback rattle snake in the same area was not a happy camper so we just left him alone by a stump. Later he rattled for us as he crossed the trail behind us. Photographing the copperheads was a little scary but thrilling at the same time. They were so "docile" and posed very well. We were 4' to 5' away at times but they were not coiled to strike. When I nearly stepped on what would be the 5th one in the area, I got a little creeped out and watched where I put my knees for the rest of theday Am always thrilled to find snakes outside. Spiders in the house, of which I seem to find several, die with no chance of being carried out.

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

Just for the record, Eastern Diamondbacks are a coastal southern snake. The large rattlers in the mountains are timber rattlesnakes.

(Sorry, I am a total snake geek.)

 

Rosemary Williams

1 Year Ago

Oops, sorry JC. It was big and rattled and was in the eastern part of the US in Tennessee. It was pretty! I'm the type of friend who when out shooting wildflowers with a friend picked up a maybe 3' king snake (we think) for my friend to photograph with her macro lens. She got a great shot. I got pooped on. She didn't return the favor though. No snakes were harmed in this shoot and the snake was quite quiet.

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

Oh, no worries, I am just a complete snake geek.

BTW, Timber/canebrake

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EDB

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And kings are so cool....

 

Rosemary Williams

1 Year Ago

Very nice snakes JC!

 

John Crothers

1 Year Ago

HATE rattlesnake roundups and that is all I will say without getting political.

Ditto

 

Gregory Scott

1 Year Ago

Those spiders are a little scary because there are so many, and because their markings are somewhat vivid, which is often a bad sign...

My own favorite spider photo is like the "Joe Cool" version of a spider:
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I hear that their bites can be "medically significant". How about "dangerous". Medically significant makes it sound like it's for some sort of esoteric treatment akin to botox, or something.

 

Love/hate lol

 

KAREN WILES

1 Year Ago

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These are the two most frieghtening images I have taken so far. The rattlesnake being the scariest and also the dumbest thing I have ever done in my life, as I thought he was a python and couldn't bite...(LOL). I was very lucky...

 

Patricia Cleasby

1 Year Ago

I saw the title of the thread but didn't really expect much. YUCK! That is scary!

 

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