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A moment of hope for Australia Yesterday, there was a small moment of hope and respite for me amidst the carnage here in New South Wales, Australia. Not only did we get some sweet, sweet, beautiful rain (not enough for a deep soaking, but enough to at least damp down the fires somewhat, although there are still 150 fires burning). <br />
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I went in to the garden to feel the rain on my skin and look who I found enjoying it as well. First I&#039;ve seen in a long, long while as insect and arachnid sightings have been well down for me. She&#039;s so beautiful and I was overcome with emotion as I thought about our world without treasures such as this.<br />
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 Female Argiope keyserlingi 10 mm body length Araneae,Araneidae,Argiope keyserlingi,Australia,Geotagged,Macro,Orbweaver,Spider,St Andrews Cross Spider,Summer,arthropod,fauna,invertebrate,new south wales Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

A moment of hope for Australia

Yesterday, there was a small moment of hope and respite for me amidst the carnage here in New South Wales, Australia. Not only did we get some sweet, sweet, beautiful rain (not enough for a deep soaking, but enough to at least damp down the fires somewhat, although there are still 150 fires burning).

I went in to the garden to feel the rain on my skin and look who I found enjoying it as well. First I've seen in a long, long while as insect and arachnid sightings have been well down for me. She's so beautiful and I was overcome with emotion as I thought about our world without treasures such as this.

Female Argiope keyserlingi 10 mm body length

    comments (9)

  1. It is no less than a perfect shot! Posted one month ago
    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed. Posted one month ago
  2. Thank you for this, Ruth. Our hearts go out to you and all of Australia. Posted one month ago
    1. With grateful thanks Ferdy, it brings much solace knowing we are in people's thoughts right now. I am sorry to have not been much of a support to the website these past couple of weeks, but as you can well imagine, it's been pretty soul destroying. Posted one month ago
      1. There's absolutely zero need to apologize, Ruth! This site is here whenever you are ready, and surely you have more pressing matters to deal with.

        As just thoughts are useless, where do you recommend I donate to?
        Posted one month ago
        1. Well, first up, the two I support are the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife. https://www.australianwildlife.org/about-us/?fbclid=IwAR1rTb0a9fkz9W2DZOqigJncXXJGSCYGybSzU7iJiBKZbNSfMF1h9KQxiYA
          https://www.fnpw.org.au/?fbclid=IwAR3v0yEubs9_U_EF8PfavmZDVKRTxd0-GwcBljsfYGwZfcFX9-jwsJv8u8c
          Posted one month ago
          1. Thanks! We're prepping a few things to bring attention to Australia's situation and will use this. Hopefully somewhere next week. Posted one month ago
  3. Lovely photo and what an amazing gift to see such a beauty under the circumstances. Let's hope this 'moment of hope' becomes more than just a moment <3. Posted one month ago
  4. Spectacular spider and photo.
    Posted one month ago

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''Argiope keyserlingi'' is a common species of orb-web spider found on the east coast of Australia, from central New South Wales to southern Queensland. It is very similar in appearance to the closely related north Queensland species, ''Argiope aetherea''. ''A. keyserlingi'' is commonly found in large populations in suburban parks and gardens, particularly amongst the leaves of ''Lomandra longifolia''. Like many species of orb-web spider, ''A. keyserlingi'' shows considerable sexual size dimorphism,.. more

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Uploaded Jan 7, 2020. Captured Jan 6, 2020 07:52 in 59 Yule Rd, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/10.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm