Bonus: Jumping on a ‘mum

Cute little jumping spider on a chrysanthemum. If you look close, you can see some ‘mum pollen on a strand of spider web – there just to the left of the spider. These critters fascinate me. As I was shooting (and I only had a few seconds before the spider got nervous), three bees landed on the flower, must have noticed the spider, and skedaddled. (Never knew how that word was spelled, but spell check did.)

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Bonus: Banded Garden Spider

Got a text on Saturday from our neighbors to the east inviting me to come and photograph a really neat spider that was living in the lavender. I was out of town and regretted not being able to shoot (especially after seeing the phone pics).

So…this morning I grabbed my camera and had a look. Really, really neat, colorful critter. Big, too! Not entirely pleased with how it came out…so I might go back for more. But…it’s a fun shot. We have the best neighborhood!

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Bonus: On the Yuccanotyucca

Shot this a few minutes ago. Afternoon light that’s kind of soft. Love this plant. Been going for at least two months. And looking really good. Something to be said for the persistent desert plants. For more info on this plant, see this post.

Not sure how I got that blur in the background with the bee so hard in focus. I like the effect, though.

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Bonus: Some Butterfly that I Haven’t ID-ed

But it’s really a neat looking one on the salvia. Note that on its tail, there’s an eye shape/pattern. When I look at it, even though I’ve seen this one many times, my first thought is that the head is on the tail. Good adaptation, I guess, to fool the predators. And the photographer…

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