Thanks to the improving weather in Ithaca I've finally gotten a chance to take my new camera out. I'm trying to learn as much as possible about shooting big objects (like mammals) from far away and small objects (like spiders) from close up before arriving in Kenya. I owe a big thanks to my friend Stephanie's mom, who is lending me a really nice macro lens so I can get as close up as possible with all the bugs.
Tarantula! This is one of the South American giants. African species are generally not as colorful.
Wolf spider with eggsac.
Deer, taken with my telephoto lens. This lens has incredible zoom capabilities (better than the binoculars I borrowed from Cornell!).