The Spider Without a Face (Bold Jumping Spider, Phidippus audax)

black jumping spider looking down into reflective surface

A shadowed bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax) appears to stare contemplatively into its own reflection. (Black and white version)

Lost in the depths of itself? Or maybe I’m projecting onto my estimable tenant? (Ha!) It’s all a projection, and it’s an ongoing project. For this series, bright green chelicerae withstanding, I still somehow preferred the black and whites; two more shots plus color versions after the break.

black jumping spider looking down into reflective surface

A shadowed bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax) appears to stare contemplatively into its own reflection.

dark jumping spider with green chelicerae with half its leg on outside edge of window frame

A bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax) cautiously walks over the edge of a viny window frame. (Black and white version)

dark jumping spider with green chelicerae with half its leg on outside edge of window frame

A bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax) walks over the edge of a viny window frame.

dark jumping spider with bright green chelicerae with forelegs over white edge

A bold jumping spider peaks over the edge of a white vinyl window. (Black and white version)

dark jumping spider with bright green chelicerae with forelegs over white edge

A bold jumping spider peaks over the edge of a white vinyl window.

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2 thoughts on “The Spider Without a Face (Bold Jumping Spider, Phidippus audax)

  1. I’m not fond of spiders but I think jumping spiders are kind of special. I’ve only ever gotten one good shot of a jumping spider and that was probably 5+ years ago so I’m always happy to see other’s photos of them. I prefer the color ones here because it seem too much detail is lost in the B&Ws.

    1. Jumping spiders do seem to have that something extra among spiders. They can be tricky to shoot, although periodically I find one who is a very cooperative model. I’ve had better opportunities than some probably because jumping spiders live in and around the house. (E.g. the “tenant” here.) I’m a big fan of the house jumping spider, obviously. :)

      I was a little worried about the detail loss, but I still liked what I got. Extracting the detail might have been worth it, but I think I was in a “better to finish this imperfectly than not at all” state of mind.

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