A long line in legs

Cristiana Damiano's Image

One summer, Cristiana went on a hike in the Natural Regional Park of the Friulian Dolomites in northeast Italy.

The ascent was difficult in places. ‘Scrambling over large boulders under the hot July Sun was hard work with all my equipment,’ recalls Cristiana. She had stopped for a break in the shade when she spotted this delicate harvestman, also avoiding the heat. ‘I was fascinated by its elegance and camouflage,’ she says. Harvestmen are not spiders but belong to a different, ancient group of arachnids called the Opiliones. They are active at night, walking raised up on their characteristically long legs, which can be self-amputated if they are in mortal danger. By day, they usually cluster in damp, shady surroundings. ‘I found it fun to try to bring out the beauty of an animal so small and common,’ Cristiana explains. Later she converted the image to black and white to emphasise the creature’s exquisite legs, echoed by the grass stems.

Behind the lens

Cristiana Damiano

Cristiana Damiano


Inspired by the natural world – from its wider landscapes to the tiniest details – Christiana likes to show people what they can find close to home but that often goes unnoticed. She took up photography in 2010 and spends her free time outdoors in nature, seeking the peace of wild, unspoilt places. She hopes through her images to engender a greater respect for the environment.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 300mm f4 lens
  • 1/640 sec at f4
  • Park of the Friulan Dolomites, Pordenone, Italy
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