Photo: Spider

Photo: Spider

An ugly spider with red spikes.

Spiny Backed Orb Weaver (Gaster Acantha)

The most colorful and easily recognized Florida spider, having what looks like a white and black spotted shell on its back, and 6 pointy red spines. The web contains tufts of silk, probably to prevent birds from flying into it.

Females are 5mm to 10mm long, 10mm to 14mm wide. They hang in the center of the web.

The bite of the Spiny Backed Orb Weaver is not known to cause serious reactions in humans.

Thanks http://www.floridaorienteering.org/nature/spiders.htm.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/30, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO100, 2005-12-20T15:42:37-05, 2005-12-20_15h42m37

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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Photo: In the Darkness

Photo: In the Darkness

A deciduous tree in the winter at night in the moonlight.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/1, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO200, 2005-12-16T02:24:47-05, 2005-12-16_02h24m47

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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Photo: Autumn Leaves: Flash

Photo: Autumn Leaves: Flash

Leaves on a Chinese tallow tree in autumn at night using a flash.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/30, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO100, 2005-12-15T17:46:43-05, 2005-12-15_17h46m43

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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More of the Autumn Leaves series.

Photo: Sunrise

Photo: Sunrise

A sunrise from December of 2005. I had to get up early that day to take my ACT college entrance exam which I got a composite score of 28/36 on. In two weeks I will finally finish my A.A. degree.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/137, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO64, 2005-12-10T07:10:24-05, 2005-12-10_07h10m24

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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Photo: Flash

Photo: Flash

I took this picture of raindrops falling at night, and my camera’s flash reflected off one of the raindrops. It looks like a star going supernova.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/30, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO400, 2005-11-28T18:28:20-05, 2005-11-28_18h28m20

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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