A Surprise Arrival

Life can be downright strange at times, full of odd coincidences and weird synchronicities. Well early this morning I was revamping one of my spider pages on this site which happened to be Platnickina tincta, and then a couple of hours later there was a knock on the door and a delivery driver with a parcel in his hand was stood before me. I thought, Have I ordered anything from Amazon recently? I don’t think I have? Then I started thinking he got the wrong address, but my name and address was on the label. My mind racing a bit, still wondering whether I had ordered anything, or ordered anything by mistake, because there is no signing anymore due to Covid-19, the guy placed the parcel on my door threshold and photographed it as evidence of delivery. Anyway, I opened the parcel and low and behold it was a book on spiders which I hadn’t ordered? Then the penny finally dropped! It was the second edition of Britain’s Spiders, a comprehensive revised guide covering all of Brtain’s 38 spider families, 404 species, with over 900 photos. And one of my photos was in there, after one of the authors, a professor, contacted me through this blog back in May, asking for permission to use it, and this was a complimentary copy. And you may have guessed it already, but the spider in question was Platnickina tincta which I took back in 2018. This is the 2nd time I have had one of my photos printed in a book, so you can imagine how excited I am πŸ™‚

Platnickina tincta

Britain's Spiders

61 thoughts on “A Surprise Arrival

  1. Congratulations, Pete. How exciting. I can well imagine your thrill, especially in such a major nature publication.

    The book looks to be a marvellous resource for identifying spiders – really great photos and superb detail.

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  2. Congratulations, Pete. It is definitely cool when someone asks to use one of our photos, especially when it is in printed book. It was a nice gesture for them to send you a copy of the book. I have yet to have one of my images in a book, though I have had a few photos used in a local newspaper.

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      • Recognition is always nice, but I don’t think that either of us so zealously pursues our shared passion out of a desire for fame and fortune. That’s a good thing, because it would be tough to become famous and rich taking the kind of photos that we do. Our motivations, I suspect, are mostly internally driven, without any real expectation of external rewards.

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      • You are so right, Mike. It’s a great hobby for me, and to be outdoors amongst nature has to be the best tonic anyone could wish for, especially during these crazy days.


    • Thank you, Rebecca πŸ™‚ It was not due out until December because of delays from Covid-19, so came as quite an unexpected surprise, and it was good they remembered me πŸ™‚


    • Thank you very much, Linda πŸ™‚ I was amazed that this professor discovered the photo in the first place. When inputting the spider’s name into Google and clicking on ‘images’ mine was 3rd in the row πŸ™‚


    • Thank you very much, Sandra πŸ™‚ It’s a nice thought that some of my images may help to educate others and show how wonderful nature is in all its forms, and how it should be preserved and respected πŸ™‚

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      • That really is wonderful! To have your work support education and ultimately conservation. Your images are perfect for this purpose. Congrats again!

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  3. Congratulations, Pete, and though you could theoretically rest on your laurels, I expect that you will continue this passion of yours with renewed vigor and bring us more wee folk that are new to most of us. Well done!

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    • Many thanks, Gary πŸ™‚ I have been stiffled by illness all this year, so have been somewhat restricted in my activites, but yes, I will carry on as it is a passion that burns quite deeply with me πŸ™‚

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  4. Wow! That’s something very special. Congrats!! Very well deserved, you are a unique photographer sharing your amazing images of creatures we other even didn’t know excited.

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    • Thank you, Adele πŸ™‚ I bought the 1st edition when it came out a few years ago and was really impressed with it. I agree with you regarding the use of keys. I do have several keys to species, but hese appear to be aimed at folk who dissect and use a microscope.

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