Is that what this species is called?
I saw it in Kerala, India where I was visiting my parents. I was humbled by the level of intelligence nature has bestowed upon this little creature. The monsoon was at full steam and it was raining every day. This spider had its web spun on the under-side of a black pepper leaf where it was protected from the torrential rain. The red dots behind the spider are actually its babies - the mother spider has got the best protection for her babies from the rain using whatever nature could offer her. Sheer brilliance!
I decided to stick to natural light, which obviously wasn't enough and the subject being on the under-side of a leaf shaking in the wind, it didn't make for a particularly easy angle to shoot. With all the stability that I could manage with my hands, this was the first shot of the family I got and I didn't want to take another one - not because this shot was perfect, but because I didn't have the energy and patience to do it again :)
|camera||Canon EOS 450D|
|exposure mode||full manual|