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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39 Responses

    • lisa brunetti

      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!

    • PJ

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

    • 1tumblingtumbleweedJo

      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 ~

    • jody

      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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