As I mentioned yesterday, my search for surreal landscape photo of the forest in flood did not quite work out, but I had a second image in mind. Living things head to high ground when it floods, including all sorts of insects. And sometimes they get jammed all into one little space. It is fascinating to see to see and really unique.
I looked all over the forest for these kinds of scenes until I found one stick poking above the water, with a female wolf spider.
She played hide and seek, trying to keep the stick between me and her. But I could see dozens of other worms, smaller spiders, a millipede and more, all gathered into a temporary “Peaceable Kingdom”.
I finally got her to let me take a couple of images of me where I could see her eyes, maneuvered into some better light, increased my ISO to 4000 and stopped my aperture down as much as I could to try and get everything sharp.
What, you ask, are those fuzzy looking things on her back? Why those are baby spiders, hanging onto mama wolf spider’s abdomen for dear life.