"Hey, lady! Want to meet my pet?"

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    In Boca da Valeria, Brazil, village children run to meet you. Dozens of them grasp your hand and become your new best friend, as they lead you along the pathway into their tiny village.

    Other children dot the pathway watching and waiting. Many of them have brought their Amazon pets with them, too. Parrots, tapirs, monkeys, lizards, and big fat tarantulas.

    The children capture tarantulas and using string,hog-tie them to branches. Then they offer them up to to photo-hungry tourists.

    What you don't see is the dollar signs in this boy's eyes. The children don't speak English, but they do know the phrase, "ONE dollar."

    It is a clever and harmless way (at least for the child) to earn income, in a place where income is very limited. And the children seem to enjoy the shock their "pets" inspire!

    (If I was a Photoshopper, I would have overlayed dollar signs in the boy's eyes.)

    For more info on these children, please see my comment in the photostream.

    steeladw, -cricket-, justice4sas, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. icerock 75 months ago | reply

      Cool work .. ice

    2. T Glow 75 months ago | reply

      Nice use of selective focus ..........great work !!

    3. StephsShoes 75 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture & dof.. creepy!!! Thanks for the background information on this shot.

    4. steeladw 75 months ago | reply

      I think that spider could eat a wharf rat!

    5. Michael Brooking Photography 75 months ago | reply

      great capture and better story....michael

    6. daretoaffirm [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the connection Sheree. I love the intensity of the look in the children's eyes.

    7. Pixellie 75 months ago | reply

      I am out of there Sheree.

    8. chipotles 75 months ago | reply

      Wonderful dof! The detail on the spider is very interesting!

    9. Dang Lan 75 months ago | reply

      Great focus to the really big spider...I can feel money form his eyes too (of course after reading your story :))
      Very nice shot and story...Have a nice day now, my friend!

    10. SeRVe Photography 75 months ago | reply

      Love this shot... great DOF

    11. Green Destiny 75 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the gracious comment on the Brooklyn Bridge. This is just a riveting shot.

    12. j-imaging 74 months ago | reply

      This photo really tells a story...can imagine the actual scene too!
      Very vivid photo and description, and of course great use of shallow DOF :)

    13. malczyk 74 months ago | reply


      Firstly,thank you for your comments and invites. Secondly, thanks for sharing the above story and picture. Given the description of the situation it's great you have put the owner in the background. I really like the idea. Great shot!

    14. Jorjedatoy 48 months ago | reply

      This photo is GORGEOUS! I feel sad for the spiders that get hog tied, but really appreciate the story to go with the photo.

    15. Weebeastie 1975 43 months ago | reply

      An absolutely amazing picture. This is exactly the kind of thing the Rainforest Photo Competition group is looking for.

      See www.flickr.com/groups/rainforestphotocompetition/

    16. Weebeastie 1975 38 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting this fabulous image and your other entries. We will not be making our decision about which images/video will feature in the gallery until the end of the year but will be in touch then if your successful. So, if you take any other fabulous rainforest shots between now and then we'd love to see them too.

    17. Weebeastie 1975 29 months ago | reply

      We are still in the process of selecting the finalists for the competition. Can you tell me do you know the name of the child in the photo? Was his/her family aware that you were photographing him/her?


    18. Sheree (Here intermittently) 29 months ago | reply

      Please read the narrative with the picture, as well as the added narrative in the photostream. This boy was earning money for his family. I don't remember his name.


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