Tetragnathidae on fiddleheadLook closely, what else do you see?

Linking to Sunshine’s Macro Monday

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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100 Responses to Fiddlehead

  1. I would say it looks like a snail.

  2. neihtn2012 says:

    Some kind of insect!

  3. ke01341 says:

    A critter for sure

  4. Incy-wincy spider … ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice one, Eliza!

  5. Maria says:

    So much detail!

  6. Alice says:

    Spider! Great photo!

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Thatโ€™s a great photo. Iโ€™ve only ever seen orb spiders in autumn.

  8. Treah Pichette says:

    What is that?? Sort of looks like a skinny dragonfly. Wonderful shot!

  9. dawnbirdau says:

    How exquisite Eliza!

  10. It looks like Mother Nature at her best captured by a person with really good photography skills. Thank you for sharing on this Monday because a fiddlehead always makes me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. China Dream says:

    ohhh love these, are they really out already?

  12. Karen Lang says:

    It pays to look to little closer at life. Great capture Eliza ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•

  13. Jane Lurie says:

    Ooh, I love fiddleheads. Terrific image, Lisa. Hmm, who is that little guy resting there? Long legs…:)

  14. Jane Lurie says:

    PS Sorry for the autcorrect…Eliza!

  15. Vicki says:

    Hard to tell what the insect is, but I can see it ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Mike Powell says:

    Love both the spider and the fiddlehead, Eliza. Did you see the spider when you were taking the shot or only afterwards? I am amazed how often I am surprised to find “bonus bugs” when processing my shots.

  17. I wasn’t sure the insect until the previous comments. NIce surprise! I love the ‘curlie-Q’ unfurling of the plant too!

  18. Beautifully captured

  19. Kris Peterson says:

    I could see there was a bug there but wasn’t able to identify it (until I cheated and looked at the other comments).

  20. sandyjwhite says:

    Ah yes, I see that insect. Love the fiddlehead!

  21. Sheree says:

    Great photo of both!

  22. Anne says:

    This is an interesting photograph – in some ways it could be a metaphor for the unfurling of the current unknown watched over by the ‘beast unknown’. Looked at more clearly, it is a beautiful harbinger of your spring as we begin to look out for warmer wraps in the evenings.

  23. there is an insect, but I cannot define

  24. Wow Eliza! Took a closer look to see it!!

  25. I see from the comments that the long stick-like insect is a spider. Never would have guessed that. Is it because that particular spider has an unusual shape or is it because the photo is an extreme macro?

  26. What a great macro with a bonus spider. Love it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  27. New life. Life goes on.

  28. Ah, the first sign that Spring is really here. Lovely image. (Suzanne)

  29. Lovely image Eliza – glad your Spring has arrived!

  30. Cathy says:

    Lovely photo Eliza – they are starting to unfurl here as well. And today I’ve learnt what an orb spider is …

  31. Robin says:

    An insect of some kind. The fiddlehead is beautiful. Is it early for them or is this about the usual time?

  32. I see it, I thought it was some kind of dragonfly at first the way a couple of its legs are stretched out!

  33. Cathy says:

    A spider? Do you ever eat your fiddleheads? I briefly steamed a few once and put some butter on them. Delicious, but I know you should only eat them in small quantities. Happy Spring Eliza!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. We’ve eaten them in the past, but my spouse isn’t a fan, so I no longer bother with them. I like them with garlic and soy/miso.

  34. Our cinnamons are just starting to pop up. Not sure if any have spiders on them. Nicely seen, Eliza.

  35. Widdershins says:

    Fiddlehead – just tuning up …. spider – ready to play – Vivaldi Cello Concerto in D Major. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Adele Brand says:

    You’ve got a sharp eye! Interesting shot.

  37. Saw the bug, too. A great shot. Do you eat the ferns, without spiders!?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Amy. We do have a lot of edible fiddlehead ferns on our land (ostrich ferns -Matteuccia struthiopteris are the edible ones), and we’ve eaten them in the past, but my spouse isn’t a fan, so I don’t cook them anymore. Every year I say I should harvest and sell them ($15-20/lb.), but the window is very short and goes by in a flash. I give them away to anyone who wants them.

  38. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I hadn’t noticed the little spider till I read your caption:)

  39. Karen says:

    Nice shot Eliza.
    Have a great day.

  40. It’s hard to make out but there is some type of insect on this baby fern. Spider? Your ferns are ahead of mine, Eliza! I just looked the other day but still nothing like this. I did see, however, where the stems are going to start growing. Hope your day is a great one!! xo

  41. susurrus says:

    It’s a long legs, sure enough!

  42. No doubt, some sort of earth

  43. Some spiders elongate themselves to an extreme. It’s a photographer’s delight when they do.

  44. annarella3 says:

    Beauty, birth, new life..

  45. Beautiful, Eliza – one of the unfolding wonders of spring.

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