Desert Hiker

The Tarantula spider strolling through Cottonwood Wash.
We have encountered it on route to Hamblin Mountain.
Lake Mead Area, Nevada. November 2008.

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SoCalHiker

SoCalHiker - Dec 8, 2008 11:34 am - Voted 10/10

Great close-up

Was she/he running towards you? How close were you? Beautiful photo. Cheers. Guido

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Dec 8, 2008 1:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great close-up

Thank you Guido. She/he was right in front of my camera, but they move so slow that I had time to snap a few pictures. Cheers.

rdmc

rdmc - Dec 8, 2008 4:12 pm - Voted 10/10

Uuugggh!

Toooo close for me! :0\
Nice Shot!
:0)

cp0915

cp0915 - Dec 8, 2008 5:52 pm - Voted 10/10

Wonderful!

****

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 8, 2008 7:49 pm - Voted 10/10

Anya ...

HOW do you specifically remember seeing this
particular spider on route to Hamblin Mtn???

I thought tarantulas all looked the same.

Did this one have a small "tarantula tattoo"
on one of its legs? Nice photo, anyway!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Dec 9, 2008 11:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Anya ...

Larry, how could I not remember, it's a very recent photo. As for my old photos I have them all organized in folders by a mountain name and a date.
Thanks for the vote,
AJ

goofball

goofball - Dec 9, 2008 12:28 am - Hasn't voted

it's t mating season

most assuredly this is a male. they leave their burrows in search of females oct-dec so they can mate then die. you can tell the males from the tibial hooks or spurs on the 2 short fore legs. this is likely a "desert blonde". they are really quite docile and can be handled w/ ease. they may rear up and play all tough, but don't you believe it ! a t's bite is less toxic than a bee sting, but they will only bite if you really get rough w/ 'em.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Dec 9, 2008 11:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: it's t mating season

Thank you for the comment and adding all this great info. Are you an expert on spiders? I have a picture of a tiny spider that seems to be very common in Red Rocks, NV and I have no idea what he/she is.

goofball

goofball - Dec 10, 2008 12:52 am - Hasn't voted

Re: it's t mating season

your welcome. but i'm afraid that is the extent of my spider knowledge (hours and hours on the internet to gain that 10 seconds worth of knowledge). i just think they look cool. tarantulas make neat display pets. we have a chilean rose and there are many other species of t's that are even more remarkable in appearance. some though are pretty aggressive, but none have bites more toxic than a bee sting. although a 12" t w/ 1" fangs ain't gonna feel good !

verdeleone

verdeleone - Dec 9, 2008 10:50 am - Voted 10/10

wow

you have a wonderful gift for image making

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Dec 9, 2008 11:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

Thank you. I really had no idea this photo will be such a hit ;)
Regards, Anya.

hiltrud.liu

hiltrud.liu - Dec 9, 2008 11:37 am - Voted 10/10

Tremendous...

and beautiful!
Cheers, Hiltrud

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Dec 9, 2008 12:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Long legged beauty

:-)

Just added one of my own: ;-)

rpc

rpc - Dec 9, 2008 12:15 pm - Voted 10/10

even the trail

he's (she?) on seems to be to-scale. great shot!

igneouscarl

igneouscarl - Dec 9, 2008 4:00 pm - Voted 10/10

fearsome

nightmares tonight - thanks!

Darkstar76

Darkstar76 - Dec 9, 2008 6:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Wild Thing

I live in Vegas hiked everywhere imagined and believe it or not ( Thank God) never saw these guys. Great Shot you remind me why the wild is the wild!!

banzai.barbara - Dec 9, 2008 6:17 pm - Voted 10/10

Yikes-Wow

I'm sure you have some kind of magic Anya... making this scarry guy look like the cutest puppy ;-)
great close up.

tomi

tomi - Dec 9, 2008 6:50 pm - Voted 10/10

great shot

I like it because is in front of the lens.
Here is one more from Joshua Tree NP last October.
tarantula

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 9, 2008 10:00 pm - Voted 10/10

You gotta love

the intimidating "shadow" that this guy/gal is
casting upon the desert!!

BLong

BLong - Sep 24, 2009 12:45 am - Voted 10/10

Nice shot

You have some great images! Thanks for sharing them :)

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