My backyard is small but teeming with life. I love discovering all the critters that live out there. Sometimes they discover me like the praying mantis that was hanging out on the tomato I had just picked. Or the gecko that was discovered while moving some timber. Most of these animals are photographed and released. Some are just admired because by the time I go and grab my camera the critter is gone.
We had a spate of marbled geckos. These three guys were all so different. The first one had the most luscious tail. The second one had no tail. The third one had a forked tail .... weird!
A week ago I noticed a giant spider web had been spun each night in the same spot. I went out one night and tried to take photos of the spider and its web but to no avail. I asked my facebook friends and they came up with some good advice. I tried again last night and after a few attempts (2 rolls of film would have been used in the good old days!!) I managed to focus in and capture this incredible beastie. An amazing Golden Orb Spider with amazing crimson bits - its just so beautiful and hairy and clever.
I am totally inspired now to photograph every animal I see in my yard. Stay tuned!