Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I would like to see you living in better conditions.Hafiz (Persian poet, 1310-1390). Thanks to Anne Brooks for sharing this quote in her blog, The Daily Spark
We are very happy to have arrived safely back in South Africa. We are here for our second semester as visiting academics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
And I get to keep working at overcoming my arachnophobia.
I’m pleased to document more progress. This really quite stunning creature is outside of our cottage. (Skip past if you don’t want to see it).
Outside. That helps.
It’s about 3 inches long, including its legs. (Longer if its legs were stretched out). I’m pleased to be able to look at it long enough to notice some details, like its brilliant colors and eyes, a whole bunch of them. While trying to take a close up photo, Joe bumped its web and it gently moved up under the eaves of the cottage. Like it might be more afraid of us than we are of it. That helps too.
What an amazing world. I’m so glad to get to see more and more of it.
Update: Thanks to Greg Steffensen for this information—The spider is a Golden Orb Weaver of genus Trichonephilia (maybe T. senegalensis). It’s the largest web-weaving spider in Africa! And, this is a female. The males apparently can fit on a pencil eraser! (Joe and I had the great pleasure of meeting Greg at our Global Missions orientation. Greg served as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer, teaching in Tanzania. It would have been very fun and interesting to be in his class!)