The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web - Pablo Picasso -
This is more an educational page than a technically perfect photographic page which serves to assist in illuminating the beauty and identity of arachnids in the face of ignorance held by most humans about spiders.
I am an unashamed Arachnophiliac...a self-appointed over-enthusiastic lover and ambassador for the hairy and misunderstood mystery and beauty of spiders. A voice for the voiceless if you will. I get fierce when I hear of how someone just carelessly kills in the name of fear. Anyone who knows me well enough knows that. So I hope that when you visit this page in particular I will change the way in which you see and relate to the miracle of what spiders really are.
I understand the fear…I get it. Yet nothing is so scary that a little bit of reprogramming and education cannot fix. I was also once rather ignorant which is exactly why I educated myself so that I could grow to understand them more and that growth in understanding turned into a love for the most misconstrued creature on the planet. This isn't about what might be perceived as a ridiculous half-crazed woman rambling about some eight-legged scary waste of space…it is about RESPECT. If you are unable to respect any living organism, no matter how small or creepy then it is perhaps time you look deep within yourself and do some hard introspection about how valuable ALL of life really is to you. Please do not kill what you know nothing about and that goes for all things living. Most spiders are not venomous or harmful to humans in a medically significant enough manner. In fact out of the 2000 odd species that inhabit South Africa only three are ones to keep an eye out for but don’t just think that because you are bigger you are better and by that ignorant notion that you deserve to be here more. No. Everything that breathes has a right to be alive and just because you’re human doesn't give you almighty power over the space you share with creatures that are beneficial to the environment. Just because you perceive yourself to be more intelligent does not mean that you in fact are.
It’s about conserving what we have; from the macro to the micro, making sure that our children and our children’s children have the gift of being able to see these things with their own eyes and not through books or the internet because the poor creature no longer exists in the natural world. Become aware that you are not the only ones who live here on Earth. You did not put it here in the first place so what makes you think you can take it out? I’m appealing to everyone who considers smaller and seemingly insignificant life a nuisance. I've always been one for the underdog. Always will be.
“Do you understand how there could be any writing in a spider's web?" "Oh, no," said Dr. Dorian. "I don't understand it. But for that matter I don't understand how a spider learned to spin a web in the first place. When the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle." "What's miraculous about a spider's web?" said Mrs. Arable. "I don't see why you say a web is a miracle - it's just a web." "Ever try to spin one?" asked Dr. Dorian.” ~ E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
EDUCATE BEFORE YOU EXTERMINATE!
If you are interested to know which Southern African spiders are medically significant to humans if a bite is administered please feel free to download the booklet below by Astri Leroy of the Spider Club of Southern Africa.