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I always make a point during a morning break in the action to go out into the backyard and check on the tortoise — just to make sure she’s her usual tortoise self. On this morning, passing the birdbath on my way to Buster’s hutch, I sighted a spider flailing a bit in the water, but when I went to rescue it I found it wasn’t in the water, it was actually on the water and relatively comfortable walking around on the surface. That’s right: walking around.

Perhaps professional and/or experienced arachnologists and animalogists might shrug unimpressed at what is a common sight to them, but it’s not to me, and it raised the amazement level I already hold for jumping spiders to an entirely new level. And of course I grabbed my cam to capture the action and consequently go all backyard Richard Attenborough for yerass. The difference between me and the real Attenborough being that I have no idea what I’m talking about:

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."