The post that almost wasn’t.

I don’t know who comes up with the themes for these challenges, but this was another week that I had almost given up on. I was drawing a complete and total blank. But, I knew I had to have at least one “unfocused” photograph ๐Ÿ˜€

Soft and…Creepy?

Spidersย fascinate me, but they also kind of freak me out.

I came across this black and yellow beauty one day while blindly chasing monarch butterflies. And by “came across” I mean almost walked right into it!

I have several versions of the spider, but this “unfocused” one is my favorite.

61 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused.

  1. A gorgeous click, best viewed digitally rather than live! There is nothing quite as unnerving as walking into a spider web, face first!
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. By the way, I found this a tough challenge, too, because the premise of my blog is posting images I like, rather than blurred rejects I hadn’t deleted yet.
      Thanks again for sharing this unique interpretation of unfocused.

    2. Thank you, and I here ya. Fortunately it’s been my experience that the big scary ones build there webs about waist level and lower. If I ever got one of these on my face I’d still be screaming ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. ICK! Jeff, it figures that even if the subject is out of focus, you still give us something both totally gorgeous and thoroughly creepy!

    By the way…don’t you love how the most mild-mannered person turns into a total ninja the second they walk into a spider web?

    1. You know it! I was nonchalantly walking through the field of tall grass chasing butterflies, when I saw the web out of the corner of my eye. Then I looked a little closer and saw the owner/builder of the web. That was the end of the nonchalant stroll through the field!

        1. Once my heart settled down I got real close to her (why is it you women are so scary ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
          I didn’t have a macro lens at the time, so I was using my 50mm lens with an extension tube. The front of the lens was only about 2-3 inches away from the spider when I took this. If she made even a slight move though…

          1. Why are we women so scary? It’s called self preservation, Jeff. Anyway, don’t some spiders jump? I haven’t been willing to get too close to anything that colorful to try to find out.

            I might try shooting the picture also…but it would have been with my 300mm lens!

      1. Oh yea, I forget to add, “Good day my butt,” don’t forget, I follow your blog and I see your wonderful macro images! When it comes to macro shots of bugs, I bet you delete better images than I keep!

  3. I like this photo. A lot of bloggers used this challenge to showcase pictures that never should have been public. Your photo doesn’t fit into that category.
    The spider looks poisonous. The colours of it seems like natures way to say: “Don’t touch me!”

    1. Thanks a lot! I don’t have any of those photos. Not because I don’t take any, but they don’t make it through Lightroom’s import process. Out of focus is almost always the kiss of death for a photo for me. This is the one exception.

      Technically, I think all spiders are venomous, but most aren’t harmful to us. This one was big enough that it wouldn’t need to be poisonous to kill me ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Great entry for this weeks challenge! Good thing, you did not actually walk into it – wouldn’t have been a very delightful experience for you and we would have miss out on this truly great picture!

  5. Sorry, it does not look creepy at all. It kind of reminds me of a multicoloured pinecone :D. Lovely artistic shot Jeff ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you very much Paula. My heart was racing after I realized how close I come to walking right through the web. But that didn’t stop me from getting up close and personal to get the shot!

    1. Thank you! It is the only out of focus photo I have. Most aren’t spared the delete key, if they even make it past the import process. Considering the subject, and for artistic reasons, I think this one is much nicer than the few I have of her that are sharper.

    1. Though it is known by several names, the most common seems to be black and yellow garden spider, This one is a female.

      All I know is that she is one big creepy girl! I’m only a little freaked out by big spiders, and only if they actually get on me. I can only imagine someone who has a genuine fear of spiders coming as close as I did to walking through the web. Yikes!!

      1. I’m the same way…they make ginormous webs and I have walked through my share of them, resulting in frantic flailing around the yard. ๐Ÿ˜›

        1. I’m sorry, but that is a sight I would pay to see! ๐Ÿ˜€ Put me down for front row center tickets the next time you plan to put on this little show ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I stepped away for a few days and have so much to catch up on. Spiders are the one animal that really gives me the heebie jeebies, and these golden orb weavers are #1 on my list. Mainly because this is the one spider I always end up walking into unknowingly. They are remarkable and I have faced my fears by photographing them before. They don’t show up here until around August. I love the PP here and the “unfocused.” It has an “under water” feel to me even though it is green.

  7. For a picture of something I hate more than anything in the world, it’s a beautiful shot! Funny thing, tarantulas don’t bother me a bit, but spiders make me want to die inside ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thanks Stephanie. If I had actually walked through the web, instead of only coming very close to walking through it, you would have heard me freaking out from your house. It would not have been pretty, not pretty at all! ๐Ÿ˜€

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