Any new piece of photographic equipment can be a little daunting and it is important to know the gear you use reasonably well, so that you don't miss that fraction of a second that turns a good shot into a great one - so I was out in the backyard today seeing what was on offer when I found the following spiders.
Firstly, a Snt Andrews Cross, showing the two types of web it can produce in its classic orb with an "X".
The little spider wrapped in a leaf is in fact a jumping spider,
and it is the first time I have seen one make such a home.
I would guess that it was a female in her nest.
The fly, pictured below, was pushing the cameras macro feature to its limit as it was only 5mm long and extremely flighty
There are many insects out at the moment, allowing a wide variety of spiders a plentiful supply of food.
The Copperhead at the poolside today was a little camera shy and so will have to wait for another day
...perhaps tomorrow morning as things warm up.