As a wildlife photographer, I’ve grown accustomed to having my dog Rosie keeping me company as I process photos and write blog posts. But lately, I’ve made a new little friend – an itsy bitsy jumping spider named Simon.
Simon first showed up a couple of months ago, peeking at me from behind my computer monitor. I must admit, I was a bit startled at first. With his big eyes and spindly legs, Simon looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. But it only took about 5 minutes for his curious nature and energetic jumping antics to win me over.
Now Simon keeps me entertained for hours as I work. He’ll scurry across my desk, investigating every nook and cranny. Occasionally he pauses, raises his front legs and seems to watch what I’m doing on the computer. I like to think he’s supervising my writing. “Not your best work,” I imagine him saying with a shake of his head if I’m struggling to come up with the words.
The other day I snapped a photo of a butterfly outside and Simon came racing over to check out the preview on my computer screen. He watched with great intensity as I zoomed in on the butterfly’s wings and adjusted the color balance. I swear I could see the gears turning in his tiny head as he studied my editing process.
Simon also seems to enjoy critiquing my photos, pointing out shots where the subject is slightly out of focus or the lighting could be better. “Tsk, tsk,” he appears to say, waving his front legs in disapproval. Then he’ll strike ridiculous poses as if to say “This is how it’s done!”
Some might find a jumping spider roommate unnerving, but I’ve come to find Simon’s presence comforting. His lively, curious nature and uncanny ability to show up right when I need a break from staring at a screen reminds me to appreciate the little things in life. And nothing beats having a friend who’s always eager to check out my latest photos, even if he can be a tough critic. Simon might be small, but he’s got a big personality. This itsy bitsy jumping buddy always brings a smile to my face.
Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Lavaca (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: August 21, 2023 (09:41 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f7.1
- Shutter speed: 1/125
- ISO: 16000 (Auto)
- Exp. Comp.: +0.7
- Focal Length: 500 mm