Yucky Spider Not

This spider was weaving its web right outside our living room window. I photographed it against the sunset with my 105mm macro lens.

I recognize that this spider is a citizen of nature and quite visually interesting. However, I also think it looks a bit creepy (or yucky).

A kind Flickrite informs me that it is a common European garden spider, and essentially harmless. So the label is really unfair.

In the meantime, I used Photoshop to enhance the creepiness. Here’s the Ink Outlines filter applied on a layer copy using Multiply blending mode:

Arachnophobia

I think this effect makes it look like the spider is crawling up an eye socket! How’s that for creepiness?

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