2016-079 – Spider Eye Mandalas

Spider Eyes by Thomas Shahan
Spider Eyes by Thomas Shahan

This week’s MotD theme: The Eyes Have It

Artist and macro photographer, Thomas Shahan, took this amazing up close and personal photo of a female Maevia inclemens (jumping spider). In our human culture, the idea of “four eyes” has a whole different meaning. In the spider world, it’s awesome! Look at the clarity and orb-i-ness of those beautiful rainbow-colored eyes!

While Thomas’ photo shows four eyes for this jumping spider, it actually has a total of eight eyes…four are on the back of his head. We may joke about having eyes in the back of our heads, but these critters can truly claim that as a reality.

In answer to one of his FAQs: “How do you get bugs to sit still for your photographs?”

I don’t “get” the bugs to do anything. The vast majority of arthropods I try to photograph vanish before I can even get a single shot! The two keys to successful macro photography are in understanding the behavior of different arthropods and taking an incredibly large amount of shots (with a considerable emphasis on the latter).

View more of his amazing macro photography via his online gallery.

Inspiration for Today

Thomas’ spider eyes photo reminds us that regardless of how many eyes we may have, the one that serves us best is the one that lets us see our world around us through our hearts.

Happy Coloring!

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