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Hunters

Sharing a couple images of two terrorizers of small creatures everywhere. Not saying that arachnophobia or herpetophobia isn't real though. These creatures are often misunderstood, and are usually met with a swift swipe of the broom. Lots of misinformation surrounding these two as well. The Pink-toed Tarantula is slightly smaller than a species I photographed some months back (see here), but its temperament is very similar. Cute and docile, they rarely (if ever) sink their half-inch long fangs into human flesh - they'd much rather beat a hasty retreat. This particular individual was one of two house...

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Tight is Might (and the answer to “What in the World”)

Composing an appealing image with your subject in an aesthetically pleasing position tends to be pretty straightforward. Folks can loosely follow simple guidelines like the basic rule-of-thirds and still wind up with an acceptable composition. Working tight with close-range subjects changes the dynamic a little, however. What then, is your subject, is it still what it was originally, or has it changed? It is for this reason I completely enjoy the experience of working with animals. Birds especially - the closer you get the more detail you notice. Of course, it helps to be able to get close...

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Take Me to Outer Space

Over the weekend, a nighttime stroll in the forests of the Northern Range revealed a previously hidden, alien world - to us at least. We're all aliens somewhere else, right? I've maintained over the years that once you look through a macro lens, you will never see things the same way again. For starters, even on a quiet night (as it was on Saturday night) close inspection of any microcosm within the forest encourages nature to raise her curtains. Slowly, things begin to take shape. Odd shapes I must say, but shapes nonetheless. What seems to be a disc with eight legs is actually a Harvestman....

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