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Rain Spider

Rain Spider

Rain Spider – Macro Photography

I got the fright of my life when I closed the bedroom door and found a pretty large rain spider behind it.

I’m not typically scared of spiders, but let’s just say it was unexpected 😉

At first I thought that it was a dead spider, but after having done a bit of research, I found out that spiders, like snakes, crabs and a lot of other creepy crawlies, have to “shed” their skins through a process called “Molting”.

It is a very interesting and complex process.

Read more here: http://www.pettarantulaworld.com/spider-facts/how-do-spiders-shed-their-skin/

And here: http://moreletakloof.co.za/2009/05/03/rain-spiders/

Now for all practical reasons, rain spiders are perfectly harmless to us humans. People tend to fear them mainly because of their big size (these guys do get to be very large indeed!) and the fact that they so often wander into our homes.

They also put up quite a show when provoked, raising their front legs and exposing their fangs, often running towards and attempting to bite anything brought close to them. Unfortunately, this usually ends in the poor spider simply being killed – either suffering a prolonged death by being sprayed with insecticide not made for anything nearly as large as a rain spider, or by simply being squashed.

It is so sad that people in this day and age still do not realise that the rain spider means them no harm and if left alone will most likely find its own way out again, to where it will not be disturbed by lights and people. The most ironic thing is probably killing one of nature’s best pest controllers with the very insecticide that was meant for the rain spider’s natural prey?

I obviously had to get my trusty little reversal ring out to try a bit of macro photography on this little critter. Isn’t it amazing what we can discover when we start to look at life a little closer?

Here are a couple of photos that will hopefully make you look at spiders or at least rain spiders a little differently.


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rain spider huntsman spider fangs 2


rain spider huntsman spider fangs 3


rain spider huntsman spider eyes 4


rain spider huntsman spider 5


rain spider huntsman spider 6


rain spider huntsman spider eyes 7


rain spider huntsman spider 8

Thanks for looking!

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Last Wedding of the Year

Last Wedding of the Year

I had the opportunity to shoot Clarissa and Michael’s Wedding a couple of weeks ago. Even though it was a very short notice booking, I met them on their wedding day, I am really happy with the results.

The wedding took place at Karmanel Function Venue  and the formal (couple shoot) was done at Wijnland Auto Museum.

Here are a couple of my favorites:









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Flower from Monstera Deliciosa (Delicious Monster)

Flower from Monstera Deliciosa (Delicious Monster)

Monstera Deliciosa

The specific epithet deliciosa means “delicious”, referring to the edible fruit, while monstera means “monstrous,” in reference to the sheer size that this plant can grow to–over 30 feet in many cases. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monstera_deliciosa

I took a stroll through the garden this afternoon and came upon this beauty! I can’t wait for it to ripen, so we can taste the delicious fruit from this beautiful plant.

  • Update.. I thought this was a delicious monster but four hours later it looked like the second image!
  • I’ve read up a bit on it and if I understand it correctly, the second image is now the “flower” that needs to be fertilised.
  • If you know more about this, please drop me a line. 😉
  • Enjoy the photos!




Monstera deliciosa aka Delicious monster stage 1


Monstera deliciosa aka Delicious Monster Stage 2