It is so much fun to stumble upon a little animal out of the blue, like a tarantula ambling across a dried up Texas mud-flat.

Sometime they are are really laid back and will let you play with them. This one posed quite nicely as a used a wide angle lens to show more of the surrounding cracked mud to give a little sense of place. He was so laid back I eventually got him to walk over my hand.

Tarantula on Cracked Mud

Tarantula on cracked mud, Rio Grande Plain between San Antonio and the Gulf Coast, Texas, USA. Canon 1Ds Mark III. 32mm. ISO 640. f/16 @ 1/160 sec.