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European Wife Spots European Spider
Saturday 11 October 2014   —   Category: Shooting
If you have explored my articles to any extent, you have probably discovered that my wife, Catherine, is from the Old World — the French-speaking part of Switzerland to be exact. The other day she spotted a large spider on the side of our house.

Yesterday I went out to get some shots. Because it was in the afternoon, there wasn’t too much light on the east side of our house. And because the spider was up above my head, I needed to use my Panasonic 100-​300​mm lens to get as close as possible to the subject. The combination of low light and long focal length forced me to bump the ISO up to 1,600 in order to have a fast enough shutter speed to avoid a blurry shot.

After some research, I learned that this is a European garden spider — also known as a cross spider because of the patter of white dots across its back. I would estimate that the diameter of the large bulb of its body is about the same as a dime — around 15mm. I hope that it is happy to stay outside, and doesn’t want to come inside once the Oregon rainy season starts next week!
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