One of the things I learned in the online Digital Photography School, is that when you take a photo of an insect, it is best to focus on its eyes. I'm proud of this photo of a Daddy Long Legs spider. It's the first time I've even seen the eyes of this species. Luckily it cooperated and looked straight into the lens.
The reason it's on the white background is that this spider lives in our bath. It's a puzzle to me. I would have thought it's an arid place to live. Not much chance of catching supper, I would thought. Other spiders I have known have chosen dark corners to live in. I think they were more sensible.
Maybe this one is cognitively challenged, maybe not. We rarely use the bath, so it's unlikely to be drowned. On the other hand, the white bath is not the safest if you're thinking of camouflage.
I think it thinks it's our pet. I'm getting fond of it. If I happen to catch a fly I'll give it to the spider. Unfortunately for the spider, I catch flies even less often than I use the bath.
This photo of a praying mantis was taken by my friend Jill. It was in her garden. I don't think Jill has been to Digital Photography School, but she intuitively photographed the eyes. I love this photo. It reminds me of a surprised alien. Not that I've ever seen a surprised alien, but over the years I've consumed a lot of sci fi, so I have an idea what a surprised alien might look like.
This shot is of a Giant Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes interioris), taken by Kris Bell. Kris is one of my very favourite wildlife photographers. Jill and I could be classed as enthusiastic amateur wildlife photographers. Kris is the real deal. He always captures the eyes of the critters he photographs.
Very knowledgeable, Kris works at Deakin University in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.
He found the frog near Savernake, New South Wales. It's rare in Victoria, but it's Victoria's largest frog. It spends most of its hidden underground, emerging only after rain to feed and spawn. It must have taken careful planning and perseverance to get this wonderful shot.