The first species is, I believe, Phidippus Princeps. This little guy was only 5 or 6 mm long. I struggled with the ID simply because I have never seen these color combos before, but this is the closest I could get. With 5,000 species of jumping spiders, it can get difficult at times:)
Phidippus Princeps - Body Shot
In the two shots below, you can clearly see two sets of eyes in the front.
In the other two photos below, you can see the other two sets of eyes, one set being directly on the side of the head, and the other set on the top of the head! Can you imagine what it would be like to look through 4 sets of eyes?
The second species for the day is a Peppered Jumper. I got lucky and spotted him on the side of a blad or grass! He's only about 3mm long! Super tiny and quite difficult to hold my focus on him. I had to pluck the blade of grass to get the eye shot, hold it with my left hand, and shoot the camera with my right. Determination pays off:)
Being in "Macro Mode" this week has been quite refreshing. It definitely changes the pace of things. There are always bugs and spiders to photograph, which is the easy part, but taking clear macro photos is much more complicated that larger birds and mammals. I think I'll probably stay in Macro Mode for awhile, at least until I stumble across something else. Hope you enjoy the jumpers!