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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge #14 - Scary
The theme for this week is scary, and like many things, what is scary is very subjective!

There are downsides to being tall – perhaps the biggest being that my head often manages to snare spider webs that others pass beneath. On a trail in the Florida Everglades, this very large, fist-sized Golden Orb Spider pictured above nearly found itself on my face, a place I’m sure we both would prefer that it stay away from! To some, this giant arachnid might not be very scary, but I’ve always found myself frightened by these creatures that seem to love spinning their webs at just the right height to keep me ducking constantly along trails. Maybe it’s the big fangs or perhaps those eight unblinking eyes that seem scary to me, but whatever it is…I like to view them from a distance! – Nick, Editor in Chief

Maybe you don’t find spiders even a little scary. Maybe it’s thunderstorms that leave you shaking, or perhaps lizards, strangely shaped trees, or towering vertigo-inducing cliffs. Whatever it is in the great outdoors that you find scary, we’re asking you to confront your fears (from a distance) and get a shot of it!

On Wednesday, January 16th (at 2pm EST, so be sure to submit your entries before that time!) we’ll choose 1 judge’s choice winner, 5 runner ups, and 1 audience choice winner & share their entries here on! Send your friends to this page to leave a comment-vote for your entry to win the audience choice award!

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Here are the quick & easy Challenge rules – please read them carefully so that you can be entered in the running to win!

  • To enter the challenge, create a new blog entry titled “Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Scary” and Copy and Paste the html code in the box below into your blog entry to let your followers know that you’re participating in the Photo Challenge so that they can join in the fun too.
  • Take one or more photos of anything outdoors that you feel represents the Challenge theme best! The photos just have to be taken outside!
  • The Audience Choice Winner will be decided based upon which entry below receives the most comments on this page – tell your friends and family to come and reply with a comment below your entry here on! Everyone can vote for as many entries as they like.
  • Comment on this page with the URL to your blog entry! After 7 days, we will announce the 1st Place Winner, Audience Choice Winner, and 5 Honorable Mention Winners, all of whom will have their winning shots with a link to their blog featured here on
  • Be sure to visit the blogs of other people entering the Weekly Challenge & leave them some comment love too!
  • Both professionals and amateur photographers are welcome to participate, and both stand an equally good chance of winning!

39 Responses to Photo Challenge #14 – Scary

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    Maria | Acceleratedstall January 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Good job on hitting the challenge title on the head. Your spider is scary but also pretty cool *shiver*

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      jody January 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

      that bridge is incredible!

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      Cuidado January 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      I can’t think of anything scarier.

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      Ryan Cooper January 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Scary indeed!

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      Dries de Wet (dewetswild) January 15, 2013 at 3:25 am

      Thank you to everyone having a look at our entry!

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    Barbara W. Beacham January 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Scary sights indeed! Check these out!

    Thanks for visiting!

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      lisa brunetti January 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

      thanks for showing samples of creatures from your environment that’s a big spider,more like one i’d see in tropical america – do you think it species hijacked a banana boat?

      i think the wolf is my favorite,though i loved the bear and its curled lips!

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      PJ January 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Good photos of scary things. Wouldn’t want to meet any of the creatures you photographed while enjoying the outdoors.

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      1tumblingtumbleweedJo January 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      All of your pics are beautiful and not scary when one is merely looking at a photo. It would be scary to come across any one of them in person!!! Great shots ~

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      jody January 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

      wonderful images

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    lisa brunetti January 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

    this was an easy one for me! enjoy the creepier creatures that cross my path in latin america!

    thanks again for selecting the olive ridley tortugitas as this past week’s winner. i’m greatly honored.


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      Madoqua January 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      I definitely am not fond of snakes, and found some of your snake photos a bit alarming! The close up shots you took of some of the other animals were amazing!

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      jody January 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

      excellent representations – all

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    Roy Ono January 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

    The black beauty “Coming at you!” is beautifully scary. Almost eyeball to eyeball. Dangerously close up.

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    Linda McDonnell January 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Here is my entry for the SCARY challenge!

    This shot was taken last summer at a county fair, when a dangerous thunder and lightning storm rolled thru, I got it as we were running for cover!

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    Jenn January 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

    The beautiful Golden Orb Weaving spider and her very complex and large web …not something I would like to come across accidentally

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    Lakshmi Pramod January 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Back after long..Good going.
    Here is my entry

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    Julie Dawn Fox January 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I’m back to blogging after the Christmas break so here’s my scary entry:

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    Peggy January 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Spiders aren’t my favourite things in the world, but I’ve learnt to deal with them – after evicting a few 6 inch huntsman spiders from your apartment, you do learn how to manage your fear more effectively!

    Here’s my contribution to this week’s challenge – a drop off from a great height, into the Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia.

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    Kelly Guymon January 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    This is my entry into the Scary contest, by the way, I’ve updated my blog to be “The Zion Photographer”.

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      jody January 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

      No, I wouldn’t want to turn around and come to face to face with that 1st guy coming my way! Sound advice you gave. :)

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    Stefano January 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Scary? Naah, it’s harmless:

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    jody January 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Thought I’d throw some practical hiking advice on my blog with my photos this week:

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    jody January 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

    wonderful catch of the tongue flicking!

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    lagottocattleya January 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm
    Spiders were already “taken”…

  15. avatar
    Barry January 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I had a hard time coming up with something for this topic.

    Here is my entry:

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    Imelda January 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Yey! I found photos that speak of my fears – although what may be terrifying for me may be considered great entertainment by some. :-)

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    Pauline Carroll January 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    G’day This is my first entry in this interesting challenge. Australia has so many scary things I just had to put in an entry. I hope I have done every thing ok as I did not know where to put the html code
    this is my entry..

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    Pauline Carroll January 13, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    OOPS I put my wrong website in the first comment, hope this is getting to you ok.

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      Lisa Brunetti January 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      they are all great, but i really love that croc! they’re fast too!

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        Pauline carroll January 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

        They are scarily fast, and you don’t see them coming under the murky water

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      Barbara W. Beacham January 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Pretty scary looking croc!

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    Miguel January 14, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Untamed Beauty or Feared Ferocity?

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    cobbled toolbox January 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

    My scary bit:


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