When I was a kid, I remember being very afraid of bugs. If I was mowing the lawn and a dragonfly passed by me, I’d duck and run away. If a spider crawled down the walls, I’d have to leave the room. Don’t even ask me what I did if a bee flew my way.
At some point, though, I got over my fear of bugs. I think it mainly is due to my love of photography, specifically macro photography. Once I began looking at the world of small things through the lens of my camera, bugs went from scary creatures to avoid to fascinating subjects to photograph.
Years ago, B would roll her eyes and put up with me crouching over to take a very close photo of a weird bug. Today, though, I think I’ve (partially) converted her. When we saw a big, weird looking spider in our front yard, she didn’t even flinch as I asked for her camera. (We were on our way out and mine was locked in the house.) And so I took a photo.
Of course, half the fun is taking a photo. The other half, is zooming in on the photo to see the details. For example, just how hairy this spider is.
My, what hairy mandibles you have!
Now, if I could only identify what kind of spider this is.
My Aloha Friday question for today is: Do you find bugs fascinating or creepy?
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the linky there if you are participating.