Friday, October 24, 2008

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Crawled Up The.....

When it comes to scary there are spiders and, well, there are spiders. Some are harmless little creatures just going about their daily life bearing no ill-will toward the huge, clumsy humans they encounter. And then there are...the other ones.

You know the ones I'm talking about. Those hide-in-your-shoes-waiting-for-you-to-slide-your--unsuspecting-little-tootsies-in spiders. Those running-across-the-floor-when-you-turn-on-the-kitchen-light-in-the-middle-of-the-night creatures with eight legs. Those are the types that get to me.

And let's not forget the crawl-across-your-bare-foot-while-you-are-in-the-shower-with-soap-in-your-eyes monsters. You've been there. You know them only too well.

But the ones that really get to me are those diabolical ones. I'm talking pure evil here. The mere thought of them can make you break out in a cold sweat. The absolute worst. Those hide-between-the-sheets-and-wait-for-your-warm-body-to-slide-in monsters. They are so sly. They wait for you to get nice and comfortable, warm and cozy in your safe little bed. Then you feel it. The slight touch along your leg. It is almost like a gentle tickle.

At first you think it is your imagination, but then you feel it again. It stops. You wait. It moves again. Higher. You hold your breath. You are deathly still. Visions of horror movies run through your head. You can feel it against your skin. You feel the legs touching you. Crawling. Higher. You.....

Oh!...Wait!... I'm getting off track here. I just wanted to share with you a shot of a regular garden spider. Nothing dangerous here, folks. It may look a bit scary, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't harm you despite its sheer size and those hideous hairy legs.

Then again it probably wouldn't hurt anything if you made a quick check between the sheets before you go to bed tonight. You never can tell.

44 comments:

  1. My daughter has to watch for brown recluse and black widow spiders in Oklahoma..I love insects and am working hard not to get an icky feeling when I look at a spider and I am headed up to bed now ..Thanks Baker...will I be able to get to sleep? LOL...

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  2. Evil, Baker! Just EVIL! And Scary.

    Geez!

    Stop by later for a sight that will chill you to the bone! http://flamingofotos.blogspot.com

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  3. Ewwwww....you did a good one too! I live in Oklahoma also!

    But spiders don't scare me much. I do always shake out my shoes though.

    My greatest fear is snakes and we have a pond..so we do get an occasional snake.

    Ewwww...now you do have me thinking about the bed...glad my hubby went to bed first.

    Thanks for the creepy feeling!!:-)

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  4. What a great shot. I have missed your photos.

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  5. Cool photo and funny story. I've never thought about checking my shoes but now I will, of course. Have a nice weekend!

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  6. I forgot to add a thank you for stopping by mine.

    http://shinade.blogspot.com/2008/10/photohunt-4-blaze.html

    Thank you very much for your wonderful comment!:-)

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  7. Hi - how ae you going? I am OK with garden spiders so long as they are outside and not too near me.

    Have a great weekend. :)

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  8. You're the second Photo Hunter I've come across who picked spiders to highlight this week -- fine by me as I agree that spiders are scary! ;b

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  9. Very creepy and scary! I will have to shake my blankets out every night now.

    Have a great weekend!
    Amanda

    Photo hunters: Scary

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  10. I don't know if this is one of those HUGE black and yellow spiders that lurk among the tall vegetation around the pond...but personally when I see one, it ends up as fish food! I do get a twinge of guilt for being responsible for a little creature just trying to get by...and I come along and force him to get eaten alive!

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  11. I took a look right away and lucky me no scary spider between my sheets. Brrr.

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  12. What a great story - and what a great anti-climax! I love the look of this spider and how the marking on it's body looks like a big row of teeth waiting to take a bite. Of course, I like it only 'cause it's a picture! :)

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  13. Don't forget the giant angry spider that chases you through the house and sits on the floor glaring at you when you jump up on your bed. *shudder*

    Radical photo! I can live with those as long as I avoid running into one of their webs. 8-\

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  14. I love garden spiders. If I lived in the range of venomous spiders I would be a little more cautious thoough! Great shot

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  15. Spiders generally don't bother me, but that is one scary dude.

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  16. Oh no! How could you do that to me! :) Bed will never be the same again!

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  17. {{{{{{shudder}}}}}}} I have no love for spiders. Yuk!

    I hope you have time to come see my scary photos, and leave your link, too. http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-scary/

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  18. Spiders qualify in my book as scary! Good one...

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  19. When I was growing up, my parents had this spider in their front yard that was as big as a dinner plate! It was freakin' *huge*! Your picture reminds me of scary that thing was!

    Here's mine: http://dragynm.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/photo-hunt-scary/

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  20. Eeek! i hate spiders! even the tiniest one. =P
    mine is up HERE

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  21. It is a beauty. I'm a spider lover as you will see if you check out my entry.

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  22. I'm also scared of the brown recluse spiders. You did give me the creeps though.

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  23. Aw, I have shivers up my spine! I will be checking my bed before I get in tonight!

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  24. You know, they say, we are never more than six feet from a spider. I am glad I do not suffer from arachnophobia. I didn't put a spider up today as I put the photos up a couple weeks ago of a spider. I did find some scary things though. I think your description was good enough to cause fear in some, and I might just be thinking on that when I go to bed at night.

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  25. I almost didn't want to look at the photo. I got creeped out just reading about it. Great photo! That's a very scary spider!

    Mine is here

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  26. Baker....now that was very naughty.....I am not afraid of spiders but I think there are plenty of woman who will have nightmares tonight......BUT soooo funny.....I have a wicked sense of humour......

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  27. I'm not normally afraid of spiders (heck, we have pet tarantulas!) but the words you painted creeped me out!

    Susan at 2lives http://twolives.aminus3.com

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  28. Well, I couldn't find a link to e-mail you,but I just wanted to let you know that I'm adding a link to this blog on Flamingo Fotos' blogroll. I really enjoy your posts & I need to stop going through your profile whenever I want to check in. :-)

    Cheers!

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  29. Ugh! Spiders that are harmless or harmful always scare me! Great shot though!

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  30. Let's see. By my count that is 3 'Ewwww's', 3 accusations of being naughty or evil, a wide assortment of 'creepy', 'scary' and 'ugh' comments, and I think at least 8 visitors who admit they will probably be thinking about this post when they go to bed and will probably check out the bed linens. Not too bad so far, lol.

    Thanks to all of you for dropping by and commenting. I try to drop by all the visitors and if I miss anyone my apologies.

    And now for some specific comments/answers:

    Michelle - we have the black widow and brown recluse also - one has to be careful around their preferred habitats

    Kim (spooky)- Correct - That is some type of Argiope - They are quite large and colorful and non-venemous - They can have some unique designs on their abodomens

    SophieMae - Sounds like the voice of experience there - Have you considered counseling after that traumatic encounter?

    Baker

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  31. That's scary to me also but children here in the Philippines living in the rural play those insect..Well actually including some of my nephews, they are not scared

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  32. really great shot, baker! i'm one of those who don't like spiders. they make me squirm. :)

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  33. Uaaaarghhhh - I won't sleep tonight! You may just want to take a peek at my "scary" photohunt. :)

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  34. Hi Baker,

    The photo of the spider wasn't scary but your narrative leading up to it was. Great post.

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  35. Spiders are not my favorite animal. I really don't like the feel of them on my skin. But the common garden spider is pretty to look at... from a distance.

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  36. Yikes! I typically don't mind spiders, but that one is a bit creepy!

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  37. Lordy Baker, I used to be terrified of spiders. Growing up in England, we had no screens for the windows. I recall as a young girl dodging down the hall, avoiding flying Daddy-Long-Legs.

    But I live in Philly now. I looovvvvvve spiders! They eat other bugs. Like flies. Or better yet, cockroaches, which I despise. Or water-bugs, which are absolutely horrifying!

    Thank god I can back to the lovely pond.

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  38. Camel spiders are nocturnal and they spend most the day hidden in burrows that they excavated themselves rather than using a pre-existing hole.A Camel spider is more likely to be seen during the spring and summer months due to the fact that they dislike cold weather. Camel spiders typically feed on insects, scorpions, or lizards and often eat so much that they become bloated and can hardly move. The camel spider is not dangerous and typically does not bite humans unless it is on accident or they feel threatened.
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  39. Camel spiders are nocturnal and they spend most the day hidden in burrows that they excavated themselves rather than using a pre-existing hole.A Camel spider is more likely to be seen during the spring and summer months due to the fact that they dislike cold weather. Camel spiders typically feed on insects, scorpions, or lizards and often eat so much that they become bloated and can hardly move. The camel spider is not dangerous and typically does not bite humans unless it is on accident or they feel threatened.
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