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Couldn't resist this poem by Mary Howitt with these shots. Hope you don't mind .

"Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,
"'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to shew when you are there."
"Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
"Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"

Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, "Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I've always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome–will you please to take a slice?"
"Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind sir, that cannot be,
I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"

"Sweet creature!" said the Spider, "you're witty and you're wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I've a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."
"I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you're pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day."

The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
"Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple–there's a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!"

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue–
Thinking only of her crested head–poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour–but she ne'er came out again!

And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
Unto an evil counsellor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.













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Apr 20, 2023 at 04:25 PM
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Beautiful in every respect.


Apr 20, 2023 at 04:30 PM
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Super with the first my faverate Roberta

Morris



Apr 20, 2023 at 06:42 PM
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Incredible images Birdie, your usual terrific work.


Apr 20, 2023 at 06:45 PM
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Birdie,

That is quite a tale and as usual very nice photos

Chris S.



Apr 20, 2023 at 07:15 PM
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Lovely shots Birdie.

Brian V.



Apr 20, 2023 at 11:41 PM
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Your first shot is just fantastic Birdie ! You've shown here and previously that these jumping spiders (I believe) make great subjects.
Gary



Apr 21, 2023 at 07:15 AM
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Pure art Roberta. Can’t wait to show my grandson.

Dave



Apr 22, 2023 at 10:29 AM
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Great poem, don't mind at all. The 1st shot gets my vote, very well done..

The second shot of the crab spider gets my jack boot! Heh...

(crab spiders drive me nuts, they like to bridge off the eve of my house, where you will walk by and face plant into their web, hard to kill with pesticides, leaving you to do the job...manually, so to speak)



Apr 22, 2023 at 01:54 PM
 


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Nicely done.


Apr 22, 2023 at 06:54 PM
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R_o_l_o wrote:
Beautiful in every respect.


Thank you !
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morris wrote:
Super with the first my faverate Roberta

Morris


Appreciate it Morris, thanks.
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louie champan wrote:
Incredible images Birdie, your usual terrific work.


Thanks so much Louie

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csinseattle wrote:
Birdie,

That is quite a tale and as usual very nice photos

Chris S.


It is a long tale for sure!

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LordV wrote:
Lovely shots Birdie.

Brian V.


Thank you Brian.

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sum1sgrampa wrote:
Your first shot is just fantastic Birdie ! You've shown here and previously that these jumping spiders (I believe) make great subjects.
Gary


You are correct , jumping spiders, they are quite photogenic.
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Dave_E wrote:
Pure art Roberta. Can’t wait to show my grandson.

Dave


Thanks Dave. Not many see art in spiders , glad you did,

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Erictator wrote:
Great poem, don't mind at all. The 1st shot gets my vote, very well done..

The second shot of the crab spider gets my jack boot! Heh...

(crab spiders drive me nuts, they like to bridge off the eve of my house, where you will walk by and face plant into their web, hard to kill with pesticides, leaving you to do the job...manually, so to speak)


. Those webs definitely can be hard to see !

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robert_in_ca wrote:
Nicely done.

Thank you Robert


Birdie



Apr 25, 2023 at 06:26 PM
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Always top tier Birdie. These are excellent.👍👍


Apr 25, 2023 at 06:33 PM
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Lovely Ms Birdie

John



Apr 25, 2023 at 07:00 PM
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Great colors and composition.


May 29, 2023 at 04:15 PM
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Macro master (mistress?) strikes again!

Bob



May 29, 2023 at 06:38 PM
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Awesome set my friend !

Ronny



May 30, 2023 at 03:07 PM
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Oh wow, these are gorgeous...well done!


May 30, 2023 at 03:33 PM







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