Welcome to my collection of Australian spider photos. Thanks to Mr. David Hirst
of the South Australian Museum for assisting me with identifying the spiders. I
only use digital cameras to take the spider pictures. Some of the digital cameras I've used are the Ricoh RDC-4300, Casio QV-8000, Casio QV-2900UX, a Nikon Coolpix 995, a 4 mpixel Nikon Coolpix 4500,
and a Sigma SD10. I currently shoot with a digital SLR, the Sigma SD14,
with several macro lenses. Check out my American Spider Site
There are plenty of excellent websites on Australian spiders, notably the
venomous Redback, but they
usually only have one or two small images of each species. Instead, I try to
display as many spider photos as possible, as I
think they're something special to see.
Kids, don't try this at home, spiders can and will bite, if provoked. Mom and Dad, this site
is kid friendly, if you find objectionable content, please let me know. Most
of these shots were around my house in Alice Springs, or at work out bush east of
Alice. Alice Springs is outback country, almost the very center of Australia.I would jump in the car with
some water, my camera and gear, hat, sunscreen, sometimes a shovel if I thought I'd be digging, and then
would go hiking out in the bush, driving around til I found a promising spot. Most spiders I'd photograph on
the spot, sometimes I would take them home to photograph in a studio set up (especially the fast runners,
like the Wolf Spider). I photographed the spider in its natural habitat
where possible, using the macro mode on the digital camera. I was continually amazed at
the variety of spiders found in the hot and inhospitable climate of
Australia's bush country.
I've enjoyed visits to this site from people all over the world, which is pretty neat. I've learned the name of "spider" in other languages, zhi1 zhu1 in Chinese, spinne in German (vogelspinne is bird
eating spider), arańa in Spanish, ragno in Italian, araignée in French, αράχνη in Greek, aranha in Portuguese,
паук in Russian, spin in Dutch, akkabiysh in Hebrew, kumo in Japanese, kanonesgi
in Cherokee, pavouk in Czech, ämblik in Estonian, nananana in Hawaiian, pók in Hungarian, konguló in Icelandic, laba-laba in Indonesian, spindel in Swedish, örümcek in Turkish,
and guh-mi or geomi in Korean. If you know the word "spider" in another language, email me and I'll add it.
I've found a spider friendly way of catching spiders, versus the proverbial shoe. No poison or traps, just scoop it up and then set it free, outside.
Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them...Steve Clark