In the Eye of the Beholder


Arachnaphobes beware. Spider pictures! (only at the end of this post though)

For more creepy pictures pop over to the Daily Post (if you dare) to have a look at the other entries in this week’s challenge.


I’ve been under cover, so to speak, during the last month or so and have not felt up to doing much at all.  The reason? The Sun.  A quick trip to Johannesburg, a visit to a dermatologist to check on a dodgy mole on my chest and the subsequent treatment (read Torture) he prescribed has confirmed to me that The Sun is Not Your Friend! Do not trust the Sun!

The cream, which I have to apply twice a day,  draws out any pre-cancerous cells that may be lurking below the skin’s surface (and which were made that way by the sun), turns them a fetching shade of bright red and then kills them. Once dead, these cells change into dark brown, oozing scabs before they fall off.

Until recently I thought my skin was relatively clear and blemish free and I’ve always tried to be diligent about applying sunscreen – usually only when we have been on holiday though, not every day. But the way those initial little red dots have amalgamated to cover my entire face and neck, making me glow in the dark, has been a sobering reminder that applying sunscreen as part of our daily routine is vital for all of us, and could be life-saving. This treatment is painful and inconvenient but it beats the alternative. It’s sunscreen every day and large hats for me from now on.

One of my Muslim friends has kindly lent me a burka to wear if I venture outside             (I have to avoid all exposure to the sun during my treatment) but it’s hot and uncomfortable under there and I’m avoiding any outings if I can help it.

I was going to share a couple of selfies (sans burka) to illustrate but decided it just looks too bad. That shiny red face is not a pretty sight –  even Tikkie barked at me when I got home from town the other day! (and if you really want to see, this is what it is like)

So instead I am posting a couple of pictures which I took with the new macro lens Last Born gave me for my birthday.

I think this is a wolf spider, a member of the Lycosidae family and, although many people find spiders creepy, these ones are harmless to humans and I think they are beautiful.

This little guy had just crawled out of his burrow when I came across him the other evening and he obligingly stood still just long enough for me to get a couple of shots. I couldn’t decide which was the best, so have included them both.

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13 thoughts on “In the Eye of the Beholder

  1. Hey! I never knew this … and I am so sorry to read about the sun damage. To be sure, that golden orb is lethal. I so hope you’re on the mend and soon to be able to do lunch (burka or no burka)! 🙂 Fab pics of the spiders … lucky you with your new macro lens!

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  2. Your photos of the wolf spider are excellent, and show such detail. I’m very sorry to hear of your sun damaged skin. I really hope the treatment is successful. I can undertsand why you’re not happy about going outside at this time. Being totally covered up must be unbearable in the kind of heat you have out there. 🙂

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    • I was pretty pleased with the picture too, thank you 🙂
      If I ever do this again (unlikely, but you never know – I may have no choice) I will start at the beginning of June when it is a LOT cooler. Thankfully I am mostly healed now – and much more wary of the sun (as we speak I am shopping online for a big, floppy hat)!

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      • I’ve had a couple of darkened freckles removed, simply because I’m paranoid about sun damage nowadays. We spent many years holidaying abroad, sunbathing without the use of sunscreen. The freckles weren’t malignant, and the
        doctor only agreed to remove them because he could see I was very worried about them. I’m glad you’re healing now – and a big floppy hat sounds like an excellent idea. Take care. 🙂

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      • It’s far better to be safe – good for your Doc for lessening your worries!
        I think I’ve always known the sun can damage the skin but have never worried about it until now – this (with the help of Google!) has made me far more aware!

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      • I’ve heard that same story from a lot of people. We all think sun damage is something that happens to others and not ourselves. My skin tans easily, and I’ve rarely had ‘sunburn’ – but I know now that that makes little difference. We’re off to Malta in a couple of weeks, and we’re well stocked up with suntan creams and sprays.

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  3. I’m so sorry you’ve had a health problem, but glad to hear you’re on the mend. Great spider pictures. They can be so funny. I watched a little one become scared when he saw his reflection in the mirror. 🙂

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