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

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.

Aaron, -cricket- and 8 more people faved this
  • Thosrsteinn Asgeirsson 6y

    Cool work .. ice
  • T Glow 6y

    Nice use of selective focus ..........great work !!
  • StephsShoes 6y

    Fantastic capture & dof.. creepy!!! Thanks for the background information on this shot.
  • Aaron PRO 6y

    I think that spider could eat a wharf rat!
  • michael brooking PRO 6y

    great capture and better story....michael
  • Martie Mollenhauer (JOYFUL!!) 6y

    Thanks for the connection Sheree. I love the intensity of the look in the children's eyes.
  • Pixellie PRO 6y

    I am out of there Sheree.
  • Silvia Del Vecchio 6y

    Wonderful dof! The detail on the spider is very interesting!
  • Dang Lan PRO 6y

    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!
  • b.d.bop PRO 6y

    !!!! terrific capture.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • SeRVe Photography 6y

    Love this shot... great DOF
  • Ken Signorello PRO 6y

    Thanks for the gracious comment on the Brooklyn Bridge. This is just a riveting shot.
  • daydream 6y

    Great photo.
  • Jordan PRO 6y

    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 :)
  • Filip Lachowski PRO 6y


    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!
  • Jorje 4y

    This photo is GORGEOUS! I feel sad for the spiders that get hog tied, but really appreciate the story to go with the photo.
  • Weebeastie 1975 4y

    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/
  • Weebeastie 1975 3y

    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.
  • Weebeastie 1975 3y

    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?

  • Sheree Zielke PRO 3y

    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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Taken on January 14, 2009
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