Earlier this month while I was in the Devonian Botanical Garden I intersected with an school field-trip class and Shelley Ryan-Hovind. They had captured a fishing spider and I had the opportunity to photograph it while it was floating around in a deep white bucket. As long as I moved slowly, it stayed quietly resting on the water surface, usually over or in contact with some floating leaves. When I disturbed it would make a mad scramble around the edges of the bucket, sometimes even managing to climb a few inches. This behavior negated the chance of raising the water level to have a better angle for photographs, however, by slowly tilting the bucket towards myself, I was able to get a few shots that were better than a straight dorsal view. I also managed to scoop the spider into my ever-handy white bowl to allow me to take an even more detailed shot at higher magnification. Not ideal conditions, but I think the photos still display how beautiful this water-walking spider really is.
6 June, 2014. Top left image: Canon 5D Mk II with Tamron Telephoto SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens and diffused Canon Speedlite 270EX II. ISO 200, 1/200 sec. @ f14. Image above: Canon T2i with Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens and diffused Canon MT-24EX Twin Lite Flash. ISO 200, 1/200 sec. @ f16.