Spider Project Progress

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!)

12 thoughts on “Spider Project Progress

  1. Well done, Amy! Now, if you could figure out a desensitizing program for those of us who fear snakes, it would be a blessing to the (millions?) of us with that phobia.

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    1. Amen to that. Joe does not like snakes. There is a book in our cottage about snakes. He started looking through it, hoping to find some info that might help him appreciate them more and be less afraid of them. Later I asked him about it. He said, “Whatever you do, don’t look in the snake book!” Oh well.

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  2. Your picture of the spider is very good. I wonder if you took it yourself. Thinking of you and joe this morning at st. Anne’s annual meeting. A lot of good energy there!

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    1. I’m so glad there’s lots of good energy! We miss you and hope you are doing well. Thank you for your compliment on the picture. I tried but my photos were out of focus (too shaky?) Joe took that one. Sending love and blessings!

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  3. Well done on your astounding
    progess….I think Joe is right about the Snake book.
    I had a South African friend
    years ago who was terrified
    of snakes….there are green and black mambas ( can’t remember which is worse).
    They fall out of trees on you.
    I prefer to study them at a distance .They always give me a bit of a start….I like Emily Dickinson’s poem , ” A slender fellow in the grass…”

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  4. Congratulations, Amy. I can only look because I know he far away in Africa! You are so brave. I love your blog (and Ann’s also). Elizabeth

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  5. I’m so glad you were able to see the beauty of that very big spider but, with Joe, I can’t even look at a picture of a snake and seeing one in a movie is like seeing it in real life, makes me shake. Snakes are the things of nightmares!

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    1. Isn’t it interesting, all these varieties of things we are afraid of (and fascinated by, too)? May you never have to identify a snake up close, and maybe someday movie producers will do the right thing and give Spider and Snake warnings. Missing you and sending love! Hope you and John are well.

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  6. Amy, Do you remember a blog you posted – or maybe its was “Sermons that Work” about the body being our gift to God or maintenance of the gift was our offering to God? Something vaguely like that. . . .

    Anyway, as you know, a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. . . That resonated. Currently, I’ve dropped 37 pounds. Your post caused me to do some deep thinking. And while I didn’t jump on that journey immediately – I did jump on.

    Sometimes, I think those of you who minister need to hear that the seed is growing.

    Love and miss you both Phyllis

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    1. Congratulations, Phyllis! It’s so wonderful to hear from you and thanks for the encouragement about the encouragement (what a good teacher you are!). I don’t remember exactly where I wrote about that. I know it’s a recurring theme for me as I keep working on the realization that our bodies aren’t just containers for the gifts God gives us, they are also gifts themselves. We love and miss you too. Blessings and joy, Amy

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