My daughter picked me a thistle-flower, knowing that I love them, but was then concerned when she noticed a small spider hidden within it. She was more perplexed when I was more grateful and excited about the spider - a type of flower spider I believe.
I have been anxiously awaiting spotting one of these for a few months now, and I am quite taken with the translucent quality of it's legs and the decorative patterns of it's abdomen, as well as the fetching green of it's head.
My generous girl held the stem while I took photos - having difficulty with the focusing as my dogs were interested in pulling me in different directions and curious about what I was curious about, I would have liked to use manual focus, but it's impossible one handed with ill-behaved dogs.
I am still very glad to have seen this little wonder. Once I had finished taking photos, we placed the flower back in it's plant until the spider thankfully departed, whereupon we picked the bloom up again and continued on our way.