Spiders - 20 April 2016.
Norman Larson came to give us talk /
presentation / demonstration and walkabout at the
The Environmental Education Centre filling up. It was still light outside.
Norman has arrived and is needing
some help to get the overhead projection working.
The Zandvlei Nature Reserve girls have just arrived back
from the Rondevlei Nature Reserve.
Sharon McCallum welcoming everybody to the evening event and introducing Norman.
He took us through his
introduction to spiders. Then an informative photo presentation on
Here he is indicating one of the books as suggested reading along with other locally produced books.
Now for the show and tell. The
baboon spiders which he brought along. They are long living spiders
The first and nearest hand who volunteered to hold it.
Sharon with a nervous, brave and amazed smile on her face.
This spider is indicating "I am not to be handled".
This one is a bit more relaxed and approachable. Better to observe it through the glass.
The next volunteer for a feel.
These spiders have "pads" on their feet with microscopic hooks
"Oops where is it going too now?"
"OK, back on top, all is fine."
" I would like a turn please". Slowly transferring from hand to hand.
Norman answering a question from Sharon. Cherry and Boucher Giljam listening with interest.
Sue Wishart having a turn.
Then to one of the Nature Reserve Rangers who volunteered for a turn.
Next Ian McCallum was fascinated. Rianne Meats looking on.
"Can I have a turn please?" The spider was well adapted to
handling as it moved around slowly
This spider was not pleased with all the activity and it was probably past its bed time.
Eban Human a good friend of
Norman relating a story about
how the two of them met and started
A closer view of the top of the spider walking on Josh Gericke's hand.
Questions and answers with some very amusing and interesting stories included.
He has many facts and figures to
pass on. Not only is he
interested in spiders, but also the
Finishing off with the last answer to the many questions before soup and bread.
Then there was soup and a variety of
breads to go with it, for everyone.
Peter Kruger nearest the camera enjoying his soup.
The soup tasted even better than the aromas from the hotpot.
We all set off into the dark and
found a number of different spider species for Norman to help identify
A very enjoyable evening was had learning about a subject many avoid at all costs.