And then I noticed something . . . something big, kind of scary, and . . . COOL!
In another post of mine Brian from Jeollanamdo wrote a comment,
"I'm petrified of insects and I find those spiders horribly disgusting. It was bad enough when I saw one while walking around . . . then I discovered they lived in groups, and I still shudder to this day when I think of that. They're "nephila clavata": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephila_clavata I took the picture there from South Korea. Horrible."
Sorry Brian, I LOVE taking pics of these spiders. I think the colors are awesome. I also like the textures and lines of their form.
"Nephila clavata, also known as Jorō spider (in Japanese: ジョロウグモ / Jorō-gumo), is a member of golden orb-web spider. The spider can be found throughout Japan except Hokkaidō, in Korea, Taiwan and China. Due to the large size as well as the bright, unique colors of the species of the female Nephila, the spider is well-favored in Japan . . ."" . . . Nephila clavata pass winter as eggs and scatter as tiny larvae in the spring. The female's body size is 17-25 mm, while the male's is 7-10 mm. . ." (wikipedia.com).
" . . . The adult female individual has stripes of yellow and dark blur blue, and adds red around the spinneret . . ." (wikipedia.com).
I find myself imagining what it must be like for Korean soldiers when they're on exercises in the forests and on the mountainsides of Korea . . . at NIGHT, when they can't SEE very well . . . imagine walking into a colony web of these spiders--ugh!
I don't know if I can get better closeups with the lens I have for my Canon . . . but I'm gonna try!
Lol . . . I'll make sure I send Brian all links to future photos! Hehehehe . . .