I took my daughter Juliet out for a stroll around Snohomish last October while I was shooting some pictures for National Geographic's Photo Contest 2011 (there are some amazing pics in their gallery, by the way) in hopes to find an interesting shot. I was shooting some standard pictures of the Snohomish River from the Ave D bridge as dusk settled when a little spider in the railing caught my eye. I happened to be studying it at just such an angle that the setting sun was floating in my view right behind and I got to wondering what would happen if I got in real close on the spider and silhouetted it in the setting sun. I didn't have a tripod so shooting this picture with my zoom fully engaged, a baby wrapped up on my belly, and cars whizzing by on a bouncing bridge was a bit of a challenge and didn't leave me with real high expectations of a clear shot. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome when I got back to my studio and saw that I had captured the silhouetted scene you see here. The other one is a shot where the spider isn't highlighted by the sun.