Garden Spider - Originally posted on my Tumblr 12/17/2014
I am an arachnophobe. They scare the bejeebus out of
me, and I never try to pretend they don’t. But I saw this beautiful
lady a while back, and man I couldn’t not take a photo.
I still don’t like spiders, but I don’t hate these even if they have weird little torc-holding aliens on their butts.
To expand on the original content: When I say I am an arachnophobe I do really mean it. I was bitten by a spider as a child and still have the dime-sized scar from the ensuing wound. I'm not fond of them. Not fond at all.
But, she was worth defying fear. I mean, look at her! So I want you to imagine me ignoring my pants-shitting terror to kneel down, go into macro-mode on my camera and lean in within inches to take this pic. I did it because I thought "WOW! I want to share her with everyone! I want them to see how beautiful she is even if she is absolutely horrifying" And I think - I think - that's my ethos on the things that scare me in "woo woo" , too. I want to share them because they are beautiful, even when they scare me.
I push through the fear, kneel down, get close and take a picture. It is hard work, but the pride that arises in the moment of success is very much worth it. Of course, I did crab walk away very quickly, so sometimes even courage has it's limits.