30 in 30 - Day 4

Orb Weaver




This beautiful being was hanging in a nondescript eave of a small building at a wildlife refuge on Kauai. My five year old daughter spotted her and wouldn't let me keep walking without first taking a picture. I'm so glad she did because this orb weaver was so fun to work on. Her delicate legs and markings were almost meditative to paint. 

Not all animal ambassadors live in sanctuaries...some live in the wild and help us to connect more deeply to life when we come across them- just like this orb weaver did when my daughter saw her. This beautiful spider is helping to raise money for one of my favorite organizations and home to many animal ambassadors I know and love- the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, California. They are working to build an innovative new enclosure for two of their ambassador gibbons- Pepper and Nate- and I am so happy to support the cause!