25 May 2014

Sheetweb and rewarewa leaf

The huge rimu that grow at several points along the No. 1 Line track are home to all sorts of creatures. One of the more spectacular of these is the sheetweb spider, Cambridgea sp. (I haven't photographed these yet because they're nocturnal, but eventually I'll take the time to explore the track at night and maybe manage a photograph.) During the day, the only sign of these sometimes large spiders is their webs, under which the spiders hang upside down at night. This one caught my eye mostly because of the dead rewarewa leaf, and when I looked more carefully I noticed the spider's retreat in the background.

[12 March 2014, Olympus OM-D EM-1, 60mm f/2.8 macro , ISO 800, 1/60 at f/4]

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Barbara Butler McCoy said...

That leaf looks like a quill ... There's a story in this composition. I love the tones.

pohanginapete said...

I hadn't noticed that — well seen! Thanks Barbara :^)